The 100 most annoying things about football
LATE Tackle has teamed up with our sister publications, The Football League Paper and The Non-League Paper, to come up with our hit-list of aggravating things. Do you agree with us? Let us know what you think by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t give me five: This obsession in newspapers with ‘five things we’ve learned’. And lists in general...
Daft players: Why would you wear short sleeves and gloves?
Silent fans – If you’re going to go to a game, don’t sit there like you’re in a library. Make some noise, have fun.
No gloss: Isn’t it time to kill off the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy? Nobody cares about it until the final.
Sack race: Directors sacking managers every five minutes. Give them a chance to do the job at least.
Garth Crooks: If there’s a man who’s spouted more rubbish about football than Garth, we’d love not to meet him/her.
Rubbing your nose in it: When an opposition player scores and then celebrates right in front of you.
Dodgy crosses: How many times do you see so-called professional footballers making a mess of crossing the ball. How difficult is it to beat the man at the near post? Bring back David Beckham.
My Story: When players ‘write’ autobiographies and they’re about as exciting as a Manchester United game.
Short corners: The big men have all gone up and the corner’s about to come in.You then hear the collective groan as it’s played short. Has it ever worked?
Where is it?: Trying to find an away ground when kickoff is approaching and signposts have disappeared.
Bottling it: Referees awarding a freekick on the edge of the box rather than a penalty when it was clearly inside.
Extra-time: It’s a freezing cold night and you’ve almost got frostbite.You just want to go home when the opposition score a lastminute equaliser to force extra-time…
Bad timing:When you’re trying to watch two games on different channels at the same time – and you keep missing the best
bits of both.
Stats obsession: Stop trying to turn football into American Football. The only stats we want to know about are goals.
Let me in: We know clubs like selling tickets online now, but open up at least a couple of turnstiles so people can pay on the day with that old-fashioned thing called money.
Kick-off times: Let’s put the matches on at a time when it makes it as difficult as possible for the away fans to get there – and get home before four in the morning.
Wembley woe: Don’t play the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley just to earn a few quid. Save it for the final.
Being sub:You give up your Sunday morning to stand around watching a load of nobodies play crap football.
Parachute payments:Why reward failure? If clubs are stupid enough to hand out daft contracts, they should make sure they’ve got the money to pay for them – without needing handouts.
Crazy prices: The fees for domestic players are over the top, contributing to...
Clubs refusing to buy British: They’d rather shell out millions for Carlos Kickaball than buy home-grown talent.
Being the lino: If you don’t get picked for your Sunday League team and have to run the line.You get stick from your own team and the opposition.You can’t win.
Arsene Wenger:Would someone at Arsenal please pay for him to get his eyes tested?
Agents:You don’t get many encouraging their players to stay at the club they’re at, do you?
99. Pogba’s bad combo
95. Garth’s one of a kind