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  1. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I couldn’t give a shit about and their fans, new or old. If kids want to buy the T-shirt and support the team that’s winning it’s nothing new and I’m fine with it. What I don’t understand is neutral fans cheering them on. I get why people don’t like Liverpool and City have been historically neutral in terms of success so haven’t pissed people off as much as maybe Liverpool and Man Utd have in past decades, but it’s not good to have one team winning everything. Sure, if it’s your team then great, but if it’s not why would you support that? Someone in here mentioned that it was interesting to watch the formation of a dynasty. I really don’t think it is unless you support that team. The way City have gone about things would have had me cheering on Liverpool this season even if I wasn’t a fan. I understand bitter rivals not doing that, but I don’t get why fans of other clubs would be delighted to see City win everything.
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    Football Kits 2019/20

    Am I alone in liking the Arsenal one? Not sure how fans of the club would feel about the blue but I’m sure they’ve had it before. Looks good to me, best they've had for ages. Collar’s a bit shit though.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    I wish Alex would stop calling everything a ‘joint’.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    I edited my post as I thought slagging off Ben again was a bit mean. He does just keep doing it though doesn’t he? You can see how pissed off Brad is at the start. He’s clearly sick of the guy. Or that’s how it looks to me anyway.
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    Why did they leave Jeff out of this?
  6. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    But probably not stomach fans.
  7. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Second from right is definitely getting shot in the stomach.
  8. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    I thought this was a fairly sensible reaction to the Man City bus singing thing. A lot of comments pointing out it's the players being silly and not knowing about the connotations. I don't know if Sterling was involved but you'd at least expect him to know better really. Either way, it's not that big of a deal is it?
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    Giant Bomb Fan Club

    You're doing GB wrong.
  10. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Watching Leicester win in 2016 was amazing. I think everyone could enjoy that. It's just shame that it wasn't recognised as the first sign of us slipping into an alternate dimension of craziness. It would take Brexit and Trump later that year and even now, some still haven't realised.
  11. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    It's probably not the same connection, but it might be just as powerful in the ways that matter. No, I didn't kick a ball around Stanley Park as a kid and I've not had the team parade a cup down my street but I'm not all that into the social side of it anyway. I went to a pre-season friendly game in Berlin and it was great to see the team and stand with the fans singing YNWA but it's not something I'd really do every week even if I lived next to Anfield. It's expensive and uncomfortable. The people that will stand in the rain with their Bovril watching their favourite team every week are amazing, but I'm not one of them and wouldn't be regardless of who I support. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy the wins and feel the losses as much, I just do it differently.
  12. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    Also, I know a few people who support the local team as well as their main Premier League team. That doesn't really work for me. The local team are Southend in League 1. I couldn't give a fuck about them. Most people round here (including my brother) support West Ham as they're the nearest prem team. After that it's maybe London clubs and then the usual big six but it's quite common that they'll also have a Southend shirt. It doesn't bother me at all if they want to do that, but it seems weird to me. If Liverpool played Southend in the FA Cup or something I'd want Liverpool to win. The only time I cheered for Southend was when they beat Man Utd, but that could have been anyone.
  13. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    For me, you can be any sort of fan you like. I know a few people who don't really support any team but like to watch the odd game. Compared to that, my own rules would just be that you can't change once you've made your mind up. I distinctly remember picking a new team out of my Panini sticker album each week, to check the score of and support that weekend. These included Newcastle and Luton and many others for no reason whatsoever. It was when I was about 6 that a friend said I should pick one to stick with and he liked Liverpool. I liked them too because they were on TV the most so that was it. I didn't really pay much attention but I do remember the FA Cup finals against Everton and losing the league in '89 cementing my position. The latter especially I can remember watching on TV and caring way more than I let on to my Glaswegian, Celtic supporting dad (nothing to do with being in a catholic family apparently, he just liked the hoops. How's that for choosing a team?). I don't know why I was trying to hide who I supported. It might have just been how much I cared that I was embarrassed by. I was a full kit wanker in '89/'90. It was around the mid-'90s when my friend, who'd liked Liverpool, decided he now liked Man Utd which is clearly wrong on all levels. I think we can all agree about that. To be fair, he'd lost almost all interest in football by that point. My nephew chose Man Utd around this time too. Fair enough really, I suppose they were the Liverpool of his time but I find it a bit 'weak' that he's decided he doesn't care about football since Fergie left and they've been on the decline. I've had to sit through years of him being smug but get no revenge now? (Although I was sat in his house for the '05 CL final. Me and three Man Utd fans). So anyway, I don't think it matters where you're from, but I do think you should stick with the team you choose, not just out of loyalty but because of the rewards. Imagine if I'd stopped supporting Liverpool when they were a bit shit, I'd be missing out on everything now. I do think it's weird how I hate Man Utd when I have no connection to the area. The Man Utd fans I know from round here are the same. I suppose the rivalry just carries over but it is odd. Whatever people might say, I've stuck with Liverpool since I was six and I'm glad I did and am very happy with my choice. 33 years later and it's been quite a ride. The passion comes from the history, my personal history, of watching and cheering for them for that long. Watching them win the CL in '05, going for the title yesterday or back in 2014 and maybe winning the CL again this year, I'm reminded of the 9 year old me lying on the couch watching Michael Thomas score and feeling like I'm getting repaid for that pain years later. It's nothing to do with location, it's just something I've done for so long that it's part of me now.
  14. Pockets

    Football Thread 2018/19

    The point being? I’m sure that’s the case for the whole top 6 if not the entire premier league. I live in Essex and used to readily admit I chose Liverpool because they won in the ‘80s but then I realised I didn’t follow football closely enough to know that when I was 6. It was just because they were on TV the most (because they won I suppose) that they were the team I was most familiar with. Maybe if id been taken to my local team’s games I’d have preferred them but the team I saw the most as a kid was Liverpool on TV. I don't get why why this bothers you really. Do you live round the corner from your team, who are made up entirely of local lads? Even if if I was born in Anfield, I’d be cheering on a mix of Brazilians, Dutch, Scottish, Belgian etc etc guys.
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