Who on here dislikes football?

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  1. ungreat

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    I hate it...always have. I find it duller than a burnt out candle. I cannot see why its such a draw to people.
    It's as if its compulsory to like it!! Almost everyone I know likes it but I really can't see why.

    I hate it....the media bombardment with it and the apparent compulsion to worship it and its players. I do not get the slavish devotion to a game. Sure, its a hobby for some and fair dos...but,like rail enthusiasm, it doesn't float everyone's boat.
    But it seems it HAS to...and you are weird if it doesn't.
    Count me in as weird then!!
    I simply do not like any of it..all of its components. Its like a religion...of which I have even less time or respect for.
    PS capital A to begin a sentence....
     
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  3. Cowley

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    I know why.
    Because it’s absolutely amazing watching a good game of football (even if it’s not my team). There’s nothing like it, whether it’s kids football or the Premier League... I love it. It’s the beautiful game!
    Anyone else have an opinion?
     
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    I'm with you on that.

    Both of my parents have always been into football, but personally I've never managed to find how watching some players kick a ball around keeps people amused for 90 minutes.

    From memories of being (reluctantly) dragged to football matches by my parents, I usually treated each trip as a special opportunity to tuck into a burger or hotdog along with some other various snacks, whilst everyone else around me stood up and roared every so often, expressing blissful delight at something I had absolutely zero interest in.

    Although of course, each to their own, as I'm sure many would find my interests just as dull. But football? It just isn't for me!
     
  5. bramling

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    +1.

    Never been the slightest bit interested in what I find a pretty boring sport to watch. And to add to this a total pain in the arse when fans monopolise trains travelling around the country. The only consolidation is things are a little more civilised nowadays compared to the horrors of the 1980s.
     
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    22 fit people running around in close-fitting clothing? What's not to like? ;)
     
  7. Cowley

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  8. Intermodal

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    The fans
     
  9. Techniquest

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    An interesting similie that! :lol:

    I've tried many times to get into football, but I just can't. Major tournaments like the world cup and a big England match, if I'm watching it with some mates, I do get into it a bit but I also use it as an opportunity to socialise and enjoy a few beers at the same time.

    Like it was during the last world cup, I recall watching that match England got knocked out of the tournament in with a couple of mates. One of them, fair game she has such a huge passion for football it's admirable, the sort of passion a lot of us have for the railway, aviation, buses, coaches or whatever.

    I don't think I'll ever be able to follow football with that sort of enthusiasm, no chance. I do love the passion people have for it though, and how it brings people together who wouldn't normally get together, and is that a bad thing? It's a bit like the forum meets I used to attend, we had some brilliant ones with people travelling from far and wide for the events. Apart from the common interest of the railway, we'd have never met up and we got to share our passion with others. The same applies to football, although the loud drunken obnoxious fans do stand out!

    My point I guess is that a lot of us don't follow football, so you're definitely not alone there. The majority of my crew aren't into it, or we get a bit interested when it comes to the big games. Not to the point of actually following the results or knowing all the players' names, that kinda thing, it's more of a patrionic thing.

    But for those reading this that do follow and enjoy football, why is it that fans will say 'we won' when their team wins? I've never understood that!
     
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    I have never been interested in football. At least since I retired I don't have to listen to colleagues going on and on and on, discussing the previous day's games in tedious detail.
     
  11. STEVIEBOY1

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    :D

    I am not at all sporty and do not like football, I was forced to do it at school and the PT Masters would not take no for an answer. I don't mind a bit of Rugby though if England or Wasps are playing and doing well.
     
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    I am the same. These days shock horror I prefer American football. I also like rugby. But football,, boring. Not watched a cup final for over 45 years
     
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    Football? Pah! Not interested. Not interested in any competitive sport.
     
  14. Peter Mugridge

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    Never seen a single match of football. I did attend one once, when my school was in the final of a tournament - which they won - but that was more for the long day out on the school coach than for any interest in the match itself!
     
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    If there is one thing worse than being one of 22 idiots kicking a pigs bladder up and down a patch of grass, it's standing and watching 22 idiots kicking a pigs bladder up and down a patch of grass'

    AND NOW..............they even fantasise about 22 idiots kicking a pigs bladder up and down a patch of grass............beats me!
     
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    Football is a sport I'd rather play than watch. When the players actually try it is thrilling to watch indeed. Most of the time these days all they do is fall over and scream in agony when someone lightly brushes their arm, or pass the ball back and forth between defenders to pass the time.

    I remember watching Netball (a sport I hated playing in school) during the Olympics and I was staggered at how much more engaging, exciting and enthralling it was. It was down to the wire. I should probably watch more games of it.
     
  17. Bantamzen

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    You know there are plenty of people who can't understand why some people like standing on the end of platforms writing down the numbers of trains that pass them by...

    I guess we are all different eh....?? ;)

    Edit: And by the way for me it is not just about the 22 blokes kicking a ball around, the atmosphere, getting together with mates, even just being able to shout loudly in public (a very therapeutic activity I don't mind saying) is all part of the experience.
     
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    I remember being called “gay” and “a girl,” at school solely because I didn’t find football interesting.

    I’ve always preferred rugby, but didn’t go to the kind of school that bothered to play it.
     
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    You're not alone! While it is somehow fun to play I really can't stand watching it. 90 minutes of not much at all going on, and maybe 2 or 3 goals. Unless it ends 0-0, which is not uncommon.

    But, there are other sport I find a lot more interesting. Cross country skiing e.g., great sport!
     
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    Any sport where a significant amount of matches end with no points isn't worth watching in my opinion.
     
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    I was called those names, albeit for different reasons (mainly my long hair). I always tried to join in with football at school, because I genuinely enjoy playing it, but none of the other boys trusted me to not screw it up, so no one passed the ball to me. :(
     
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    As for football - I can watch my own teams (Chorley, the late Bury FC, Netherlands, Gibraltar) but simply can't be bothered with other games, even the "big" game. For me there is simply too much football on the telly.
    As for the gay/girl thing, never mind watching football, in the 70's when I was at school I was determined to take up hockey, and had to play with the girls. Fortunately other lads did eventually join in and we got a mixed team going, but the number of times I heard "hockey? It's a girls game" - if I got a pound....

    Mind you, when they see players carted off to A+E with split lips, broken ankles, twisted fingers, even a minor fractured skull in one instance (no names, but yours truly springs to mind) I do wonder...I think the "girls" image wouldn't have appeared if the game was called "hardball" and not "hockey".
     
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    I love football. I’m not competitive so I don’t play for a team but I’ll happily play 5-a-sides with friends though. I love being at a game so much more than watching it on TV - watching Scottish non-league football at a ground is much better than watching English Premier League games on TV.
    We all have different interests though - try and talk to me about cricket and I’ll fall asleep.
     
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    It's not the sport it's the idiotic rivalry and behaviour it leads to in some people. But then - it's not just football...
     
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    One year at our all boys secondary school in the late sixties, we had an Australian exchange teacher. Somehow he got roped into playing in goal in the annual staff vs school hockey match. At the start of the game he was just saying "How hard can it be? Back home, hockey is a girls' game!" when he turned round and saw a line of burley six form boys with hockey sticks charging towards him and the ball flashed past, just missing him by millimetres and went into the back of the net. "Bloody hell!" was his next comment as he quickly got a very different view of the game.
     
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    While that's true that everyone has their own interests most of them aren't forced on everyone the way football is.
     
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    In what way is football "forced" on folk?
     
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    Probably in the way that it's not often looked at as acceptable for blokes not to like football. Still the case in some parts of society, not so much in the age of the nerd thankfully, but there's still so much of that sort of nonsense going around.

    Of course the easy way around that is to not interact with people, and that's definitely deemed as unhealthy. Let's not go there though, an entirely different topic!

    It is so much easier to interact with some people if you follow football, but even then to be fair it depends which team you support. I do, however, still like that you get such passion and emotion from the sport, even if talking about it with some people is like having a debate on this forum about train seats or liveries :lol:
     
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    I find football a little dull to watch, and prefer rugby by far. On the other hand, as a youth I preferred to play football, and never got into playing rugby. o_O

    I never had the psychology of thinking "I'm going to run into that person who's twice my weight, and I'm going to come out on top", nor did I relish diving on my school's muddy fields. As a spectator, though, I find rugby (of the Union flavour) tends to have more "momentum" and tension for one side of the other than football does: brief periods of aerial ping-pong aside, the team in posession will typically be looking to attack directly, whereas in football I find a lot of passing back-and-forth in midfield, trying to tempt the defense to come out of position.

    I will probably be watching the international matches this summer, partially because the opportunity doesn't come around that often for Welsh fans. Other than that, I just keep an eye on the results of my father-in-law's favourite team, to keep a point of conversation open.
     
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    I'm not so sure this is true anymore, football is just one of a myriad of interests that people engage in. Its really not considered unusual for people not to follow football anymore.
     
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    I wouldn't describe it as dislike at all, simply my own lack of general interest. I slightly dislike the idea of strong tribalism and rivalry, but my impression is that, with the exception of a few misbehaving individuals, the rivalry is all taken in good humour.

    I find the financial and economic aspects of the football industry (by which I think the main meaning is usually the Premier League - but I'm quite prepared to be corrected on that) fascinating. In particular, I've met people from the United States of America, China and Vietnam who say they know about Manchester United before they came here for the first time, despite knowing almost nothing else about 'England' (as they invariably refer to us!), except for Queen Elizabeth II.
     
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