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Let's talk football - what are your pre-season predictions? Who will the heroes and villains be?

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Aug-12 17:41:48

It's hard to believe but the new football season is nearly upon us and we wanted to hear what you think about it! This thread will be live through the whole season and we're hoping that you'll use it as a place to share your thoughts and discuss the big stories. We're not doing this on behalf of any companies as such, but we may share some of your comments (anonymously of course) with some of the football clubs as we're looking to do some more work with them on their family offerings.

This one is for Mumsnetters and Dadsnetters who are football fans - we'd like as many of you as possible to get involved. Sadly there's no prize draw for taking part but we're hoping you'll enjoy there being an official home of football chat on MN/Dadsnet (we're stickying this on the Dadsnet talk topic too).

Feel free to discuss anything on the football theme here but here are a few starters for ten:
~ After such a dramatic end to last season how do you think this season is going to pan out? Who are going to be the heroes and villains, the winners and losers?
~ How are you going to enjoy the games? Are you planning to watch on TV or go to the matches? What makes match days special for you?
~ Is it important to you and your family to have the right kit/supporters gear or not? Do you think it takes more time/money/dedication to be a 'proper' fan these days or is it the same commitment as ever!?
~ How do your children feel about professional football and footballers? Do they feel inspired? What happens when footballers are not so well behaved (on or off the pitch) - does this rub off on your little ones? Any aspiring Beckhams in your family?

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Thanks in advance and you'll never walk alone!

BedHog Wed 01-Aug-12 18:21:23

Well I'll be avoiding it as much as possible!!! grin

SweetGrapes Wed 01-Aug-12 18:25:35

Loved the women's football on the Other than that, I'll be keeping away too.

habbibu Wed 01-Aug-12 18:30:41

Who is this sponsored by? Feels a bit weird having topics set for discussion.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Aug-12 18:46:53

habbibu - Helen has explained in the first paragraph - we're just picking your brains as we're hoping to work for some clubs soon.

Lilyloo Wed 01-Aug-12 18:56:09

Dp and d's have a season ticket for Man City, I would love one but couldn't afford for me and the girls to have one.
I would love the season to continue in the way it ended. smile
We usually buy d's the new season kit for Xmas as it's so expensive.
Yes d's plays for two football teams and there is a lot of copied behaviour on the pitches!

FasterHigherBeardierDaddyman Wed 01-Aug-12 18:58:58

Let's hope that Chelsea don't steal champions league places from teams that have worked hard to qualify for them this season.

Come on you spurs!

<weeps for the loss of Harry>

Tee2072 Wed 01-Aug-12 18:59:17

What is this football you speak of? I am also hearing tell of some large event known as the Olympics.

Are these sports things?


KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 01-Aug-12 19:03:40

Sunderland will do the treble . Fact.

FasterHigherBeardierDaddyman Wed 01-Aug-12 19:14:11

ken do you mean lose their first fa cup game, their first league cup game and get relegated?

03angels Wed 01-Aug-12 19:22:00

Ha ken keep dreaming grin

I reckon newcastles going to be in the top 3 this season grin

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 01-Aug-12 19:29:22

Dh and ds have already purchased their first ticket of the season today for Man City V QPR. They were there for the last game of the season and still riding high.

I used to be a regular city attendee at Maine Road but to be honest we just can't afford for us all to go. I went once last season and season tickets are a pipe dream. So I had the joy of attending games in places like Lincoln, Grimsby and Swindon and I am now watching the glory days from afar!

Ds is 6 and isn't yet affected by wanting the latest kit. To be honest dh is desperate to buy him the new kit but ds says it's horrible and he doesn't want it! He doesn't like the badge. He may be swayed though as he adores our bad boy Super Mario and wants a shirt with his name on.

Not sure what my hopes are for this season. Lots of none city fans have told me that they can see us dominating the game for years now united style and I don't think I'd want that. I want ds to appreciate and not expect. I'd hate for him to get that unpleasant entitled attitude we've been on the wrong end of for years.

GoTeamkozy Wed 01-Aug-12 19:51:32

Is this thread open to those of us who prefer their football spectating to be of a lower standard of football? The people around are usually nicer at non-league level, and at least when you're watching rubbish at The Dripping Pan you can have a lovely pint of Harveys while you do. smile

mankyscotslass Wed 01-Aug-12 20:01:37

DH and DS1 have season tickets for Manchester City. We were going to have to let it go this season as we are broke, but my DM bough the tickets this season as a thank you for all the help DH has given her recently.

DH has been a fan for years, and I am by adoption. I have loads of memories of sitting in the Gene Kelly watching Andy Morrison. Shaun Goater and Jamie Pollok play.

We are the only Blues in a family of Reds!

They would like the kit, but it's too expensive this time, so DS might get the shirt as a Christmas present.

I hope City with the Premiership again, and have a European Cup run.

OatyBeatie Wed 01-Aug-12 20:18:15

Agree, habbibu. It has been very interesting over the last couple of years to see MN morph from a grassroots discussion board to something routinely massaged and harvested for various copy-hungry purposes. It seems weirdly poised between talk forum and woman's magazine these days.

slacklucy Wed 01-Aug-12 20:21:45

West Ham will do the treble!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Aug-12 20:52:52

GoTeamkozy - oh yes all views welcome (from whoever you support)

Tigerbomb Wed 01-Aug-12 21:19:10

The Baggies will keep boinging grin

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 01-Aug-12 21:26:06

Come and join the football thread on dadsnet people.....

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 01-Aug-12 21:26:24

I feel a bit nervous as I support Portsmouth who are teetering on the brink of oblivion, I have been supporting them for 30 odd years and thought I had seen everything. I don't go regularly any more (was a season ticket holder pre DCs but couldn't justify either the money or the time spent travelling/attending since then). I have been going with the same set of friends, parking in the same street, meeting in the same pub for the whole of that time, a lot of tradition there. I occasionally take DS (8) who is obsessed by football and I love that he is continuing the tradition, although he supports another team, I am hoping to take DD (6) soon as well, if they stay in business.

As for all the associated stuff, replica shirts etc are expensive, we buy them in the end of season sales, the DCs haven't twigged about wanting the latest versions yet. They only wear them for playing football or going to games. We buy scarves etc as Christmas presents.

We've skirted round most of the off the pitch bad behaviour so far, but will have to deal with that as the DCs get older.

laracroft2001 Wed 01-Aug-12 21:48:41

I absolutely love football and have since I was a kid.
I am a man united supporter, my husband is a liverpool supporter, and our 8mo is apparently a Liverpool supporter but he will see sense when he grows up.

I love to go to games, though don't get to often, and love to watch the matched with dh on the telly. Can't beat a big of sky sports super Sunday.

My prediction is that united will win the league. No way will the allow city to do it again, can't happen.

I also think Brendan rogers will do a good job at Liverpool- top 5 finish.

I think the league will finish:


Can not wait for the league to start.

HellenicGamesMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Aug-12 21:49:54


West Ham will do the treble!

In yer dreams, slacklucy <shows her Arsenal colours>

laracroft2001 Wed 01-Aug-12 21:53:01

Excuse the spelling mistakes-silly phone

slacklucy Wed 01-Aug-12 22:00:08

Haha, but what have we got if we aint got dreams!
Arsenal.. are they that little club near Tottenham?

I'm for ever blowing bubbles.... pretty bubbles in the air....

FannyFifer Wed 01-Aug-12 23:09:28

Scottish season already underway.

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