Blue playing cards.
Properly clearly, that’s simply what the sport is in want of.
Extra confusion, extra rivalry.
I admire that my assertion might sound like one which an outdated fart of 64 years would make. Properly, that’s positive, as a result of that’s who I’m.
I’ve a 29 12 months outdated daughter who often jogs my memory that I would like to begin residing within the twenty first Century.
Dad, you simply can’t say that anymore, don’t you perceive how insulting that sounds?
Properly really pet, no I don’t.
However that’s as a result of I grew up being screamed at by my troop sergeant, who took nice pleasure at calling me a brief, massive nosed , Geordie “pancake turner.”
The reality is, that in case you really broke it down…
I used to be vertically challenged, I did have an enlarged proboscis, I used to be a Geordie and the 18 12 months outdated me may very well be a very irritating “pancake turner.”
So Sgt Nelson was really right, subsequently there was no want for a protected area for me.
However that is 2024 and I settle for that issues change, that I must suppose very exhausting about what I say or what I write, simply in case I set off somebody and I’m eliminated on the lifeless of evening from my home and brought to a re-education camp
Properly, perhaps that’s a bit excessive, however give it a number of years lads and lasses.
Can I nonetheless say lads and lasses ?
So I’ll follow soccer.
Its truthful to say that the sport I grew up with has modified massively up to now 50 years.
It was two factors for a win, which modified to 3 in 1981.
One substitute, which grew to become two in 1987, to half a crew as of late.
From 22 groups within the high division down to twenty in 1995.
From two groups relegated, which grew to become three in 1973.
From limitless replays within the cups, lowering to at least one replay in 1992.
Keep in mind taking part in Watford 4 instances in 1989? These 4 video games performed inside eleven days of one another.
From FA cup semi finals performed on the likes of Hillsborough and Previous Trafford, to being moved to Wembley in 2003.
From all groups required to play three video games in 4 days over the easter interval (Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Monday). What would Jurgen need to say about that!
From having to make sure 10 minutes of again passes to the goalkeeper as soon as Liverpool or Leeds went one up. Fortunately, the again move rule was launched in 1992.
And that’s solely the legal guidelines.
No dwell video games on the telly and solely two spotlight video games proven on match of the day. The primary high flight dwell recreation being in 1984.
Defenders allowed to attempt to break the legs of the opposition’s greatest participant thrice earlier than being warned by the ref. An precise leg break was required so as to obtain a reserving. Whereas there needed to be no signal of life remaining in your opponent, so as to be despatched off.
Have darts thrown at you by away followers. The considered that also makes me shudder. I imply what the hell had been we on, again then?
Even on one event, a petroleum bomb thrown on the away followers.
Get soaked to the pores and skin standing on open terraces, whereas shedding to Chester or Bury.
Survive on burgers and sizzling canines from a van that it’s protected to say didn’t need to move any hygiene inspection. The chef being a bloke with a really manky apron and a nostril that completely dripped into his meals, within the chilly Tyneside evening.
Be thought to be goal follow for police recruits to check out their shiny new baton on.
“PC 678, go and crack some heads”
“Why sarge, what’s he performed?”
“He’s a soccer hooligan lad”
Discover out that it was really authorized to be arrested in West Yorkshire for the offence of ” being a Geordie.”
Stay in the identical road as a Newcastle United participant.
Have your dad personal a greater automobile than the Newcastle United participant.
Regard international gamers within the crew as somebody from Aberdeen or Dublin.
And eventually, going for a half time pee within the Gallowgate finish bathrooms.
This was a very traumatic expertise for any teenager to endure. There can be about 200 skinheads making an attempt to concurrently enter an area that was no greater than your entrance room. One in all these lads, if not two, would then pee in your toes.
With a view to survive, it was greatest to look the opposite approach, as a result of the perpetrator of the piddling was an utter nutcase.
They tended to not be somebody who can be up for an affordable debate about masking your trousers in urine.
Gary Megson to Bruno.
Bobby Shinton to Isak.
Kevin Brock to Huge Joe.
So I assume, progress is nice for us all.