5 Dec 2013
In - Football

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 wishes.

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 problem.

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.

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Iain Macintosh: tell us how clubs are spending our money
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 it’s going.

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 hashtag #MenUnited.

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