What's interesting about the article below is that when I was watching football religiously in the late 1980s, my group had already moved on (some might say graduated) from standing to seating at games because we were fed up with being on the terraces. Of course, nobody enforced us to remain seated in those days, nor did they try to prevent us from singing or demonstrating any signs of excitement. Many of our away days in seats were really just slightly more spacious standing experiences. But I will never forget my time spent in the Trent End at NFFC as a young lad, nor my first taste of an away win on the terrace at White Hart Lane, nor the dozens of other away days on terraces up and down the country that helped shape my world. In an ideal scenario, standing areas at grounds would mean lower ticket prices and more accessibility for groups of younger fans to attend games and create the atmosphere that is so sadly missing from much football in the modern age. Imagine a world of £5-£10 standing tickets. Imagine the game being affordable, not as a treat, a one off game every now and then, but as a habitual thing that happens on a Saturday, every Saturday, just like it was for us...
Almost forgot to mention that I'm holding a 'Writer Q&A' event at Broadstairs Library, this Saturday.
I'll be fielding questions on writing, getting published and perhaps saying a thing or two about my own books, including the forthcoming FAN (Arcadia Books) which is coming out in the Spring of next year.
The library have sold a number of tickets but I'm sure there'll be room on the day if anybody is in the area. No doubt I'll be hanging around afterwards for a bit too if any long lost souls are in the vicinity.
Tel: 03000 41 31 31 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
1030-1130 on Saturday 7th December.
See you there.
PS That's Broadstairs in Kent btw. Just in case. Recently met a woman at Ashford station (Kent) who was meant to be in Ashford, Surrey. Bless...
I'm re-posting this article that first appeared in The Times on Monday 2nd December 2013. It's as good a place as any to begin when it comes to the state of the game in late 2013.
'There are no fit and proper owners in football. Even to make the suggestion is to create a lie. To maintain the deception is ludicrous. There are only owners and, as the song goes, they do what they want. And why not? It’s their club and their money. It’s just business.