Mails: Who do United miss most: Fergie or Gill?
4 months ago, 21 Aug 17:13
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Girls and boys
A wild and crazy idea regarding women’s football. Why not let them compete in the men’s game?
We would still have women only teams – I don’t think mixed teams would satisfy anyone – but they would compete in the men’s leagues at the appropriate level.
It’s obvious that having strong competition improves quality. Just ask Celtic and Rangers about the problems competing in a weak league – they never get to improve.
Competing with the men (or let’s be realistic, the boys), would help the ladies teams to kick on. If England were to have a strong team of ladies competing regularly in a male league, our national team would quickly become the strongest in the world.
The question would be how far down the league pyramid and into what age group the ladies team would have to go in order to be competitive. Somewhere around Conference regional U18s seems like it could work.
People in glass houses shouldn’t sing songs
When opposition fans sang “sign on” at Liverpool fans in the 80s it was bad enough given it was making light of a horrible socioeconomic situation. But you can sort of, just a little, given that football fans everywhere act like ars*holes, understand from the banter perspective and the era as a whole.
Today, though? Crystal Palace fans chanted it at Liverpool. But then it’s still Liverpool, so you can understand. It’s just a classic footy banter song making fun of the overdramatic “Walk On”. Calm down calm down etc.
The thing is, it isn’t about Liverpool anymore. Wolves fans were chanting it at Everton, the one club who probably despise that song more than any other club and despise Liverpool more than any other club. That clearly shows it’s got nothing to do with the club and everything to do with denigrating Liverpool as a city (despite their captain being scouse).
What’s more, the chants shows a stunning lack of awareness. People everywhere are getting shafted and statistics show everyone is getting screwed over together – 34% of kids in the Wolverhampton area are in poverty. The employment rate in Croydon is one of the worst in the country and South London is beset with some of the worst social problems in the country.
This isn’t to point score, by the way. Just to show every area has problems as a result of a vicious economy that’s stacked against the poor, and it would be nice for opposition fans to show a bit of decorum and understanding.
Theo, LFC, Liverpool
Take your pick
Hypothetical for United fans. Would you rather have Fergie or David Gill back?
Jose’s gotta go
One of Sir Alex Ferguson’s greatest management achievements was to consistently be in front of change, and not waiting for it to happen to him. The constant updating of the team, most significantly with the introduction of the Class of ’92, but the steel to remove the old guard when it was the right time, hence goodbye ...
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