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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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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

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?

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...

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.

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!

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

fanoftheinvisibleman Mon 06-Aug-12 17:33:20

Oh and we are getting a puppy soon who ds wants to name Mario - can't wait to shout that at a hairy lttle terrier down the park!

fanoftheinvisibleman Mon 06-Aug-12 17:25:47

Dh has got tickets to take ds to the Charity Shield on sunday so ds is bouncing around again now in anticipation.

I know I said in a way I'd rather we didn't dominate as it's not good for the game but I've had so many Man Utd fans tell me they won't 'allow' us to win the league again I've changed my mind and I want 10 years now! Our destiny is in our hands, nowt to do with them!

fanoftheinvisibleman Mon 06-Aug-12 17:25:47

Dh has got tickets to take ds to the Charity Shield on sunday so ds is bouncing around again now in anticipation.

I know I said in a way I'd rather we didn't dominate as it's not good for the game but I've had so many Man Utd fans tell me they won't 'allow' us to win the league again I've changed my mind and I want 10 years now! Our destiny is in our hands, nowt to do with them!

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 06-Aug-12 10:06:00

My DS picked a completely random team to support too, Aston Villa (we live in Hampshire). This isn't too popular with DH's Birmingham City supporting family! He is quite happy to don a Pompey shirt when he comes to Fratton Park with me though.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Mon 06-Aug-12 10:00:17

Dh is a typical Southern Man U fan..,watches everything from the comfort of the sofa.
Ds supports Reading, for no apparent reason...we do not live there, have no connections. But when he was 7 he announced that was his team and he has stayed loyal..he's 13 now. Delighted they're back up there. We loved Steve Coppell...a quiet, dignified, intelligent manager and an excellent role model.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Mon 06-Aug-12 02:15:37

I agree too MrsRD - I have very little interest in the England team compared to club football, I just look at them and see a bunch of adulterous, lying, self entitled toerags.

I'm sure my team's players aren't totally innocent either, but not in the same headline grabbing way. Both of them.... sad

laracroft2001 Sun 05-Aug-12 23:05:16

Mrs Robert duvall- couldn't agree more, ESP comments regarding John terry. Can't stand the arrogant fuck.

Buggyrunner- your dp has good taste

buggyRunner Sun 05-Aug-12 21:04:12

We are a big football house.

Dp is man u- and apparently so are our girls (season tickets etc)
Dd1(3) calls anything read "man united uniform" confused

We would have got dd1 a strip but she didn't want it as it was a boys kit angryhmm. She does love playing footba though

I enjoy watching and fant footy but don't feel a strong connection to a team (apart from man u as it rules my dp's immediate mood *shudders at last season)
I loved the way blackpool played in the premier ship- attacking and brave etc.

For me it's a case of "if you cant beat em join em" so I started playing fant footy and it actually made things interesting- I even won dp's league!!! grin

shabbapinkfrog Sun 05-Aug-12 19:51:00

Myself and my DS4 (he's 15 and has been forced to be a Blue by me) sat in the living room with the radio on (not got skysports) We had our local channel on GMR. Got to extra time and we were both close to tears. 3 minutes later we were screaming, jumping up and down and hugging each other. No more the Noisy neighbours (hopefully).

I remember the going down to Division 2 hmm we live close to Bolton and my hubby is a Bolton fan - he was so upset on the last day of the season but delighted for me!!!

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Sun 05-Aug-12 19:29:38

Thanks Sunny, I've been shocked about Rangers too. I think Portsmouth are heading the same way, it does make me sad, but hopefully they will both come through.

Nicholas I live near Aldershot, it is good to see how they have managed to climb their way back up.

Shabba I've had a soft spot for Man C for many years, I always used to look forward to when Pompey played them in the old 1st division. I remember clearly the day when Pompey sent them down to Div 2, how times change. Was v. pleased when they won the title.

NicholasTeakozy Sun 05-Aug-12 19:04:12

Sunny, I know a chap who's an Aldershot fan, and when they went bust in the early 90s they had to re-start in the Combined Counties League and needed 7 promotions to return to the level they were at. Their crowds increased massively, almost from day 1.

shabbapinkfrog Sun 05-Aug-12 17:54:39

Having gone to watch Man City since the tender age of 11 - I have had 44 years of bad times and worse!!! LOL. I still dont believe we won the Prem....was the most thrilling season for many, many years. My only hope is that we start this season the way we ended last season.

SunnyOutlook Sun 05-Aug-12 16:47:36

Rangers fan here (Glasgow)
I've had a season ticket for more than 25 years for the 'oldco'. Been horrified at some of the stuff that came out over the last few months but I think the club is the supporters (not the owners) so intend to continue going to see the new Rangers playing in the 3rd division. Quite looking forward to it actually - must need my head looked at!

Note to Portsmouth fans - good luck, hope you make it too.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Sun 05-Aug-12 15:55:11

I can guarantee that the England team will carry on its dismal way, winning nothing, infighting between the members and generally being a huge embarrassment to the country.
I think the men's football performance in the Olympics was a disgrace. We are a laughing stock.
Thank god for proper athletes and sportspeople.
The likes of John Terry make me sick.

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