Falling out of love with the beautiful game!


I was a relative late comer to finding the fun in football, probably as my dad preferred motor sport and cricket.

I used to work in a bar and always looked forward to the atmosphere that a football match brought, but didn’t really get wrapped up in particular team, until I met my husband he took me to my first football match.

I was hooked!

The atmosphere, the cheering, the banter – I loved it and for 16+ years I have supported Chelsea, seeing them come up through the premier league to finally start winning trophies!

Supporting Chelsea also meant there was lots of banter at work, and I adored joining in with the office Dream Team’s – I even won one once!  I was the only parent in my office, so it gave me a connection with my mostly male colleagues who were often surprised by my knowledge.

When I left work to become a childminder and was home all week, I delighted in ribbing hubby that I had sat and watched the matches he was missing on Sky Sports, or watching Soccer Saturday giggling along with Jeff Stelling and his motley crew whilst he was at work.

I was so excited when Jose Mourinho returned last year – he has a swagger and demeanour I really admire and I love the way he stirs up the press, but I just don’t feel excited by football anymore.  If hubby is home enjoy watching the matches and getting involved, but if I am home alone with the kids I tend to forget they are on.

I think the main problem is that I don’t have that banter anymore.  I miss the adult conversation that comes with working in an office / shop.  My twitter timeline used to be full of Chelsea fans, and although I still follow my favourites they do get lost in a sea of mummy bloggers – one even told me off this week for celebrating a goal! – I really need to sort out my lists!

The other issue is we just don’t get to go to matches anymore.  When I say “we” i actually mean me!  Hubby still goes occasionally with either friends from work, or Kian, but we simply cannot afford to go as a family.  With tickets starting around £50 each plus travel it makes it a very expensive day out – one that we just cannot justify.  I am hoping now that Sebby is easier to settle in the evening that we may be able to start going again soon – if we can afford a babysitter.

Are you a football fan – do you get to go to matches?




10 thoughts on “Falling out of love with the beautiful game!

  1. I can relate with this. Though I am very far from you (I’m from Asia), I can relate with the experience and not just with football. In my case, we (family) miss going out as a family because of so many factors.

  2. I was never a huge football fan but one of our girls loves to play so we attend a lot of local matches. Never been on a proper one; I think it would be way to loud for my liking.
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  3. Stephen says:

    I am a Liverpool fan, need I say more?
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  4. I love watching football on the TV and Soccer Saturday and I often surprise people with my knowledge and interest. I have missed going to matches; we used to go when I worked at JPM as well but up here I am just not fussed on either team.
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  5. I am not fussed about football, or at least club football. I prefer when national teams and national pride get involved like at the World Cup.
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  6. Adam Seaton says:

    You should start listening to Talk Sport. Colin Murray and friends is my only way of keeping in touch with the beautiful game.

  7. PinkOddy says:

    You know in a house full of males there’s no football. I need to sort out my twitter lists too.
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  8. Sonya Cisco says:

    I am still a football fan, but like you find myself more distant from it without the banter. MOTD is still a TV fixture, but rarely go to live games anymore- used to go see The Cherries more regularly before moving out here coincided with big price hike!
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