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    Father/Son football stories.

    I've supported the mighty Chelsea Football Club since I was 7 years old. My old man didn't follow football and my uncles were all Spurs, so the decision was entirely mine and one I've stuck with through good and bad times for over 30 years. I didn't get to see them play until I was about 16 when I went with some friends, and I hardly went to any games for the following decade plus. These days me and the wife go to see them a couple of times a month.

    For my son however it was different. He was wearing his first Chelsea shirt when he was just a baby and for obvious reasons has been a Chelsea fan for longer than he can even remember.

    On Saturday I took my son to his first ever game, an easy 2-0 win against West Brom. It was a great day out, he loved every minute and can't wait to go again. It was the first of what will hopefully be a lifetime of days out at the footy for us and something he'll hopefully pass on to his kids one day.

    Does anybody have any stories about their first game as a child or as a parent. Can you remember your first game and why you were there? Can you remember the first game you took your kids to? Do you have a love of a team that was passed down to you or have you passed the love of a team down to your kids? Any body got three generations of the family all supporting the same team?

    Rugby, cricket or any other sport counts the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy
    Any body got three generations of the family all supporting the same team?
    Yep, my dad is a Man U fan, he doesn't go to the games though took my son Ryan to Old Trafford a few times. It's an expensive day out though eh ?
    Especially if like me you're driving up from Bournemouth with the rest of the Glory Grabbers



    How much is a ticket down the Bridge nowadays ? Bet that's not cheap ??


    To be honest, the best atmosphere I ever saw up Old Trafford was a pre season friendly against Juventus. It was a shit game and ended 0-0 but it was electric, the Mexican wave never stopped going around all match, mainly because it was mostly full of kids who it only cost a fiver for.

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    My father wasn't into football. He did take me target rifle shooting on Sunday mornings and later on to archery competitions.

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    When I was about 10 it came up in conversation somehow that I'd never been to a football match. I had no interest in football as a kid (which probably explains why) and never have, waste of bloody time and money if you ask me, anyway, it was decided that my dad would take me to a Leeds match since that was the closest city to where we lived which had a big team. The other options would have been York or Bradford for the same traveling time.

    On the big day we embarked on a train in Harrogate that looked like they had recycled rolling stock from the Boer war - everything has been stripped out of it except the benches, unbreakable windows and the smell of piss.

    When we arrived in the vicinity of the grounds we were herded into long chains through turnstiles, gates and barriers with police and fucking huge horses done up like they were going jousting, I could tell my old man (who was a rather diminutive and genteel doctor) wasn't very comfortable and his unease rubbed off on me.

    Anyway, the match was a draw IIRC and it was the most boring 90 minutes imaginable. I am pretty sure it was Arsenal they were playing, and fans of both sides celebrated the result by going apeshit and trying to smash everything and anybody they could see. My old man grabbed me and headed for a policeman who looked at us like we were space-aliens and herded us off to a sort of DMZ where we could get a taxi back to the station.

    The train home was even worse than the train going and was packed with drunken lovers of the beautiful game intent on demolishing what was left of the carriages. At the station my mother picked us up and asked brightly "Did you enjoy yourselves?". My dad snarled at her.

    The only other "sporting" event my father ever took me to after that was a fly-fishing competition on a local reservoir and he only did that because one of the partners at his practice was taking part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    How much is a ticket down the Bridge nowadays ? Bet that's not cheap ??
    Varies mate but I normally pay around 110 for two tickets. The West Upper seats go for 80 quid a pop! Champions league tickets are 35. My sons ticket was only about 15 quid which is very good, but that's for the family centre (East stand lower) and if it was a better game than West Brom I wouldn't have got them as they sell out straight away. Next time I'm going to try him in the Shed Upper where I normally sit anyway, as the family area is shite. There's so many adults in there that he couldn't see shit without sitting on my lap, so he may as well do that in a better stand.

    With train fare, lunch/dinner and beer it's normally a 300 day for me and the misses, which is a lot but it's a blinding day/night out.

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    living in Norfolk we all followed Norwich City, had the replica shirts and followed the results but never really went to any games.

    An uncle took us to watch Norwich City v a reserve Man U game (which now I look back had a lot of big names in). but I thought it was shit. cold, noisy and I couldn't see what was going on. I think I might have gone to a couple more but probably not.

    Later on in life when I lived in Norwich, my local was used by supporters for a beer on the way to the ground. That pissed me off too. Too loud.

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    I wanna wake up without feeling sick
    But I can't cuz I'm a drug-abusing alcoholic

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    My father wasn't into football. He did take me target rifle shooting on Sunday mornings and later on to archery competitions.
    Jesus, the thought of letting my son loose on a bow and arrow just sent shivers down my spine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fozzy
    I've supported the mighty Chelsea Football Club since I was 7 years old.
    Red sent.

    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong
    living in Norfolk we all followed Norwich City
    SCUM!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by armstrong
    had the replica shirts and followed the results but never really went to any games.
    Typical scum 'supporter'; no offence...


    Now, from a young age I went to most Ipswich home matches and the local (London) away games such as West Ham, Arsenal, etc; for example, when I was 8, I went to every FA Cup game, including the final, excluding the quarter final away at Milwall as me dad predicted some trouble (in fact there was a small riot when the home team were 6 nil down at half time); especially enjoyable were the semi-final at the Library (pretty close to me home) and the final (when I was the first supporter in the ground).

    Early Saturday mornings, we'd drive the 80 miles to the dad's parents house in Ipswich then have an early lunch. Me and the dad would go to the game, taking along a small box for me to stand on, a box which his dad made for him to stand on 20 years previously, get on the number 11 bus, join the masses going to the Mecca of football, buy a matchday programme (obviously I had a massive collection) then go into the stadium and watch the game. After the usual victory, we'd get the 11a bus back (had a better return route), have an early tea then drive back to London in the evening.

    I've been to hundreds of games at Portman Road and 100+ games at other stadiums too.

    Since Sky and big money has destroyed the community of the game (with scummers like Chelsea leading the way...), I've had virtually no interest in this ruined social activity.
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    took my daughter to see her first Thai Port game a couple of seasons ago, they let her in for free and loads of people wanted their picture took with her.
    overall she had a good time, dont rememner the result, she spent mosst of the time messing about on the terraces
    cost mw 100thb to get in and same for the wife
    will be taking my son to his first game in February; expect much the same
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    wow, thats shaken some cobwebs off the old memory banks. well my dad was an inter-services boxer, fly weight i suspect. any way he would always take me to the inter-services boxing matches in pompey. some enjoyable times and a good bonding with the old man. what i do appreciate now is the fact u could enjoy the bout without prejudice..... now as for foot ball well there only seems to be prejudice.

    oh and lots of acting and kissing. f##king nancies.

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