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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!

ln1981 Mon 06-Aug-12 21:35:31

Scottish football fans in this house. All of us support Dunfermline Athletic. After a woeful season llast season, Im looking forward to seeing the rebuilding of our squad and how Jim Jefferies will bring these younger, fresher guys on. I definately dont think this will be all plain sailing though-looking for a mid table finish, and even that is optimistic!

Olympicnmix Mon 06-Aug-12 23:22:05

Used to be an ardent fan, in fact dragged my exH off to games forever cementing my relationship with FIL, but I think I've fallen out of love with the game. Terry, Rooney, Bowyer, Welsh player found guilty of rape, Qatar... it's all left a bad taste in my mouth; it's by no accident eldest has been encouraged to play rugby and they both want to do gymnastics. Thank goodness for the Olympics and seeing what true sporting endeavour looks like. I hope the Games does inspire a generation.

BelfastBloke Sun 12-Aug-12 13:28:34

The new rolling football thread for season 2012-13 is here.

NicholasTeakozy Sun 12-Aug-12 14:33:05

Do any of you fans of Scottish football read this spoof blog?

HipHopSkipJumpomous Wed 15-Aug-12 13:26:20

I predict DP will not go to the pub to watch football as often as I would like him to.

Sometimes I even offer to 'sponsor' a trip to the local sports bar smile but he prefers to watch it at home. I like it when he goes out! Seriously how many man need to be encouraged to go to the pub to watch footie?????

I do hope Liverpool sort themselves out though!

laracroft2001 Wed 15-Aug-12 14:01:17

In1981.... My dad is a pars man!! Though I'm a raith girl. Used to have a season ticket until I moved down south. Ahhh the glory days of 1994... smile

WingDefence Wed 15-Aug-12 14:23:05

DH and I have a share of a Man Utd season ticket so we take it in turns to go to matches with his mates (and a curry afterwards!).

I'd be lying if I didn't say we were gutted last season - DH far more than me as he's been a lifelong Red whereas I'm an expat Londoner (expat to the NW) so have only adopted Utd in the last 5-6 years.

I have family allegiances to Charlton too - its not all about the Prem League grin

Come on Utd!

ln1981 Fri 31-Aug-12 23:56:55

laracroft2001- I bet derby days were a hoot in your house?! smile
I often wonder how that happens, you know like one half of a household supports one team and the other supports their deadly rivals haha!! No chance of that happening in this house. dp supports the pars too-goodness only knows how i managed to find him seeing as most people i know support either of the old firm.
Looking forward to our first meeting tomorrow, it was worth the drop just to get the derby games back. and doubly special as some of the kids from my dc's primary school are doing their football training as the HT entertainment-they are all so excited.

Sunnytimescoming Sat 01-Sep-12 00:14:11

Rangers fan here, always was . always will be, etc etc...

Love football, hate the snide politics/religious overtones (especially here in certain areas of Scotland)

Really looking forward to the next few years strangely enough, I am old enough able to remember only 10, 000 fans at Ibrox and was there for the Souness revolution and now nearly 50, 000 for every home game - even in our lowest ebb. Bring it on...

BelfastBloke Sat 01-Sep-12 08:34:02

Can you summarise the situation with Rangers now you've dropped so many divisions, Sunnytimes?

You're still playing at Ibrox, right? What's the capacity there?

Do you get many fewer fans in the away section? Is there any way for your opposing teams to capitalise on the many fans you're able to take away?

What's the slagging like from Celtic? Are they nervous about the future without you? Because TV deals will drop for them too, won't they?

laracroft2001 Sat 01-Sep-12 14:17:12

1981- oh yes fun derby days. My dad once took me to a derby at dunfermline, made me sit in the pars stand, and i did stand up and cheer when raith scored. I was only about ten so I got away with it smile

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