Fans think about it EV­ERY minute of EV­ERY day – poll

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MORE than half of football fans think about football at least once ev­ery minute of the day, re­search re­veals.

An over­whelm­ing 94 per cent ad­mit they plan their year around the football sea­son, and 89 per cent book their hol­i­days around football so they never miss a game.

Nine out of ten say they have can­celled plans such as at­tend­ing a wed­ding or a birth­day party be­cause of footie.

The study of 1,167 adult fans was car­ried out by The Football As­so­ci­a­tion to mark the Sir Bobby Rob­son National Football Day on this Satur­day.

It found that over 50 per cent of fans think about the beau­ti­ful game more than food or work.

And two thirds re­vealed football is the first thing they talk about with col­leagues on a Mon­day morn­ing.

The sum­mer trans­fer win­dow is an ex­cit­ing time of year for ex­pec­tant fans who hope to see their clubs at­tract ma­jor sign­ings and 63 per cent of football fans also said football was their main topic of con­ver­sa­tion.

Half said sum­mer trans­fers are their only source of plea­sure dur­ing the close sea­son.

Mean­while, 41 per cent of football fans play more in the sum­mer months to make up for the lack of games to watch.

More than two thirds said football is a com­mon ground for peo­ple who are oth­er­wise very dif­fer­ent and 65 per cent said the game in­stils a sense of com­mu­nity in peo­ple.

Half of the fans re­vealed that the start of the football sea­son is the point in the year when they feel the hap­pi­est.

The FA are en­cour­ag­ing the na­tion to get out and play football this Satur­day as part of their 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

A spokesman said: “Our re­search shows just how much football in­fil­trates our daily lives, and at this time of the year, the coun­try re­ally gets football fever.

“The Sir Bobby Rob­son National Football Day is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one, what­ever age or skill, to get in­volved in the game”.

OP­POR­TU­NITY: Bobby

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