Huddersfield from on high, as a boy I was drawn, naturally, to QPR.
That passed after a few years though, and I have been a Huddersfield
Town fan of many years. I have many other affiliations developed over
the years (both explicable and less so), most notably to Marseille,
Torino, and the Greek and Malian national teams.
How often to you go to watch your team?
be, while living in the area, every home game and between 5 and all
the away. Now its twice or thrice in total, and its generally more to
see friends than football.
What’s your first memory of “going to the football”?
of a friend of mine refereed a match between Chester and Mansfield. I
don’t remember much about that, but my second match was also at
Sealand Road. There can’t have been many there, but my abiding memory
is the crowd acting as if as one. It wasn’t infectious, per se, but
intrigued me enough. Before long, I was a regular at Leeds Road.
What do you think of entrance prices at football?
drew 1-1 with Oxford but it utterly tedious, the worst money I’ve ever
spent. I can’t believe that paying £20 would be a blessing nowadays.
It’s prohibitively expensive, particularly for those who have to travel
before attending. Thumbs down from me.
on refreshment, £3 on a programme and possibly £2 on a badge if I’m
somewhere I like. So, £70 and more. I’d like that to be £20 lower, to
be honest, if I was going to go more often.
Do you buy club merchandise from official club outlets if not why not?
buy would probably be shirts, and I prefer retro reproductions to
Do you think your club could be doing more to “connect” with fans?
interaction both online and in person with supporters – the club has
countless q and a sessions, and the Twitter side of things is well
active. I know the work in the community is both wide-ranging and seen
as very important, so no. Off the pitch, the club is as good as I’ve
The seats are there for a reason though – not just to ruin atmosphere
– and its important to remember that. I used to love standing at
grounds like Griffin Park, Edgeley Park and Gresty Road.
Do you play at any level?
day after dropping back from midfield. I took a mean freekick, but
didn’t like attacking at all. I’d like to step back out, and keep
offering my services as a not-so-mobile centre-back. Nobody has taken
me up on the offer as yet.
team, I could see me getting involved.
traced back to television somewhere along the line. They also don’t
give good shots of goalkeepers’ standing positions. The flip side of
that is that, having seen more than half of Torino’s games this
season, that number would reduce to 0 if they weren’t televised. So If
I couldn’t do that, I’d get someone with at least a minimal level of
brain power to vet the fonts/colours of names and numbers on shirts to
ensure they are legible and easy on the eye.
Favourite moment following your team?
Nottingham Forest that was utterly, utterly beautiful. I can see its
arc now – one of those that teases the defenders in to clear it but
just has enough pace to defeat them. Gorgeous stuff. I’ve never been
one for moments of great joy at football. You see me, even if the
opposition are attacking, chastising them for playing the wrong pass,
or miscontrolling it. I want everyone to play well, just prefer my
team to win at the end of it.
Favourite football moment not featuring your team?
pretty sweet, for someone who’d been defending him since he terrorised
Europe with Marseille, as was Zidane’s goal against Leverkusen but
there’s only one. Roberto Baggio’s meisterwerk v. Czechoslovakia in
If you could have been at any game in history what would it be?
Juventus on 18/10/1942, looking back.
people must NOT care? I try not to care about things. Saves me getting
worked up about that which doesn’t matter. Also kits which have
surnames in lower case. Also, the linguistic disparity between Bayern
and Munich. Bayern München or Bavaria Munich. Not a combo.
What do you think of the transfer window? Should it stay or should
clubs be allowed to buy at any point of the season?
option’. The deadline day leads to desperate signings of poor, poor
players. I could get rid of it happily.
Do you think the Championship is the most competitive league in Europe?
have grabbed this year by the horns)
What’s the best bit of “banter” you’ve heard or seen at a football game?
heard was at Brentford a couple of years back. A couple of (I assume)
quite drunken blokes started singing ‘Who Put The Ball In The
B*stards’ Net?’ but, instead of just answering with the traditional
David Cowling (scored against Leeds in the early 1980s) they gave a
rendition of every Town player they could remember having scored
against Leeds. The high point was Andy Holdsworth, while the low point
was Joe-y Skarz-ey.
What makes your club so special?
always think there might be better ahead, while secretly knowing there
probably won’t be.
Anything else you want to say?
A couple of things. Firstly, it takes no extra effort to order the
scores so the away team is second. If I travel to Liverpool and my
team win, they win 1-2, not 2-1. Sort it out, media, we pay you for
that. Secondly, football is a game. How do you get to a point where
you ‘hate’ people who support a different team to you? You can’t play
football AT people, you play it with them. The most fun I’ve had at
football have been with supporters of both teams.
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