Five festive football wishes
You might have noticed oddly coloured Santa hats bobbing
around at football grounds up and down the land – a sure sign that
the festive season is in full swing. And with the big day fast
approaching, it's time to start making those Christmas
So this week, we've asked five of the country's top
football writers to name the yuletide gift that would make them
most happy. Here's what they came up with…
Jonathan Wilson: a little patience
I wish people would give more consideration to
team-building: that means more patience with the manager, more kids
being given a chance and more coaching players who are already at a
club than constantly turning to the transfer market to solve any
John Cross: stop diving
Let's set up a diving commission. Name, shame and ban cheats who
are caught taking a tumble to trick referees into giving a penalty.
A three-man panel of ex-player, former referee and manager would
sit every Monday, publish their findings on dodgy divers across the
Premier League and Football League and it would be sorted in no
time. And it would be fun solving the problem!
Michael Cox: bring back traditional squad numbers
It saddens me to see players wearing random squad numbers
rather than choosing the traditional shirt number for their
position. Manchester United don’t currently have a No9, for
example, with Robin van Persie wearing 20, Danny Welbeck 19 and
Javier Hernández 14. Football shirt numbers have a rich and
occasionally fascinating history – they should be more neutral than
reflecting a player’s personal brand.
Iain Macintosh: tell us how clubs are spending our
This Christmas, I’d love to see the Powers That Be suggest a
workable, credible and fully transparent transfer system.
Undisclosed transfer fees are a scandal, they allow hundreds of
thousands of pounds to drift out of the game to shadowy advisors
and Mr Fixits. That’s our ticket money. We deserve to know where
Adrian Clarke: cheaper deals on tickets
Watching football has become way too expensive. Occupying four
distinctly average seats, to watch a match that’s often more drab
than it is dynamic, could easily cost a family upwards of £200 on a
Saturday afternoon, and I don’t think it’s fair. Working-class
people are being priced out of the game they love. Let’s see clubs
promoting more special offers like ‘Kids for a Quid’ and ‘Football
for a Fiver’. Encouraging the next generation to follow their local
team with cut-price deals fills grounds and puts smiles on faces.
It’s also a sensible long-term marketing ploy.
What's your Christmas football wish? Read our writers'
festive football wishlist, then let us know what you'd like Santa
to drop down the beautiful game's metaphorical chimney. Leave a
comment at the bottom of the page or Tweet us @ProstateUK using the
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