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TBf I can't think of a time when it was ever good and I used to really like football.

It always felt that they were really struggling to stretch it out in order to fill that Saturday lunchtime dead slot before any sport kicked off.

The only football programme I ever used to actually enjoy - as opposed to live games and highlights which actually are football - was Fantasy Football League because Skinner and Baddiell brought to the show the intelligence and humour of which footballers and football commentators are usually wholly devoid.

Jeff Stelling, David Coleman and of course the mighty Des are the only mainstream pundits who get passes on that score IMO.  And Jonathan Pearce is entertaining with his enthusiasm.

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Just now, Frank Hovis said:

TBf I can't think of a time when it was ever good and I used to really like football.

It always felt that they were really struggling to stretch it out in order to fill that Saturday lunchtime dead slot before any sport kicked off.

The only football programme I ever used to actually enjoy - as opposed to live games and highlights which actually are football - was Fantasy Football League because Skinner and Baddiell brought to the show the intelligence and humour of which footballers and football commentators are usually wholly devoid.

Jeff Stelling, David Coleman and of course the mighty Des are the only mainstream pundits who get passes on that score IMO.

What about Saint and Greavesy on World of Sport....?

They were the best ever if you liked a good laugh with your football punditry...

 

XYY

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3 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

What about Saint and Greavesy on World of Sport....?

They were the best ever if you liked a good laugh with your football punditry...

 

XYY

 

Being a middle class faux football fan who only joined the bandwagon when it became fashionable in the mid 90s they pre-dated my football viewing so I will accept your opinion on their talents. 

Me, 1994:

 

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19 minutes ago, The XYY Man said:

What about Saint and Greavesy on World of Sport....?

They were the best ever if you liked a good laugh with your football punditry...

 

XYY

That cunt Ian St. John ate my breakfast at a hotel in Rickmansworth in 1993.

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11 minutes ago, Frank Hovis said:

 

Being a middle class faux football fan who only joined the bandwagon when it became fashionable in the mid 90s they pre-dated my football viewing so I will accept your opinion on their talents. 

Me, 1994:

 

 

Quoting myself here but combined with the thread below I would say that starting from a passing interest I had about five years of active supporting (going to lots of games especially away games), fifteen of passive supporting because of demanding jobs and business travel making travelling to a game at the weekend the last thing I wanted to do (maybe a game every other season if that) and now reverted to a passing interest.

It was fun but now it's over for all the manifold reasons stated in the below thread by myself and all the other contributors.

Fallen out of love with modern professional football - Off Topic - DOSBODS

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3 hours ago, Ash4781b said:

What happened ? It used to be good. I’m sitting here watching it and seems very woke.

Hansen and Lawro left.

Even Pool fans mocked them. That was half the fun of the show, much like the Sky Sports lot on a Saturday afternoon. 

To be fair, the game died years ago anyway. Ponce ball now with stupendous salaries. 

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3 hours ago, Frank Hovis said:

TBf I can't think of a time when it was ever good and I used to really like football.

It always felt that they were really struggling to stretch it out in order to fill that Saturday lunchtime dead slot before any sport kicked off.

The only football programme I ever used to actually enjoy - as opposed to live games and highlights which actually are football - was Fantasy Football League because Skinner and Baddiell brought to the show the intelligence and humour of which footballers and football commentators are usually wholly devoid.

Jeff Stelling, David Coleman and of course the mighty Des are the only mainstream pundits who get passes on that score IMO.  And Jonathan Pearce is entertaining with his enthusiasm.

Football Focus was for kids. At least I watched it as a kid. Adults didn't watch daytime TV.

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4 hours ago, Jonty Willis the Third said:

They always have Alex Scott on FF as she ticks two boxes. Surprised they have keown on there now, middle aged and white! The high priests of wokeness won't like that.

3 boxes? Well I’m not sure. My mate is rather keen though.

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26 minutes ago, Yadda yadda yadda said:

Football Focus was for kids. At least I watched it as a kid. Adults didn't watch daytime TV.

A very good point.

I don’t remember any of my adult relatives watching it when I was a youngster. Football periodicals and a lot of the TV coverage back then was aimed at teenage boys. I think the ponderous nature of modern football coverage would have been regarded as ludicrous. I suppose it is an example of the kidification of modern adults  that they are encouraged to take 22 men kicking a ball round a field so seriously. 

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If you played semi serious Saturday afternoon football you needed to eat at least 2 hours before a match. In mid winter games would kick off 1 30 - 2 (no floodlights) . You watched football focus while your dinner was settling down. i know some people call it lunch but we never did. Liver, bacon , mashed pots and tomatoes. The same every week, cooked in the pressure cooker.

And yes, we sometimes would eat at 11 30am.  the football was chaos - 22 blokes kicking lumps out of each other.

After the game we would listen to final score in the car until the pub opened at 5.  If we were playing away sometimes there would be a hospitalable clubhouse , where we could get a beer directly after the game.

The 70s - what an era.

 

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