It’s here: the most hotly-anticipated football season since … ooh, last year.
Somehow, sport in general, and football in particular, seem to be subjects that The ‘Spill has shied away from posting about so far. (The 2010 World Cup Spillstake competition from Williamsbach being an honourable exception.)
But after a couple of comments on the mothership last night following Tony Pulis’ departure from Crystal Palace, I know we have plenty of footy/soccer fans, and figured we may as well start an open debate about the new football season. So:
Who’s your team?
What are your hopes / fears / carefully-considered analyses / rabidly-partisan opinions for the next ten months?
Who appears on your screen and has you screaming I hate you so much right now! ?
Who’s a waste of money? Who will prove to be bargain of the season? And who do you have an odd soft spot for? Go on, own up, I won’t tell anyone!
And, the big question: how the hell do we bring back down to earth the indefensible, immoral, obscenely-high levels of finance at the “top” end of the game that would have my hero, Bill Shankly, turning in his grave?
Over to you . . . I’ll chip in later this eve.
Oh, and the answer to the thread title question? 138.
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