‘How much? I’m not paying that! They get paid too much!’
How many times have we heard this over the years?
As ticket prices and the cost of going to watch our footie team continues to do damage to our bank balance, we still cough up the cash.
But watching a game in the comfort of your own living room is simply no match for the experience of seeing one live.
Here are 10 reasons why we keep splashing the cash.
1. The drama
We love the action that unfolds in the addictive game between the teams and officials on the turf.
We feel in danger of having a cardiac arrest as we watch, but despite that we love it and we want more
2. The controversy
Where would our beautiful game be without the big ‘C’ word?
We have the divers, referees and officials contributing to the controversy.
And let’s not forget defenders showing affection by giving bear hugs to the opposition during set pieces.
3. We love a good moan
Slack player performances, the manager and the officials all get some stick.
Even when our teams are doing really well with all guns blazing, we search hard and find something to moan about with our fellow fans.
4. The atmosphere
Sit down… stand up… chant… roar!
Curse the officials when they get it wrong.
Hold your breath as the ref reaches for a card – will it be yellow or the dreaded red?
5. We are football managers in our imagination
‘How much did we pay for that donkey?’
Yep, we turn into professional footie managers once the ref blows the whistle.
And in the stadium you can see much more of the action than you can on the screen to plot your strategy.
6. It’s in our blood
We go to a match wearing size 2 shoes and then we end up heading to the stadiums for the rest of lives.
We are hooked.
It’s that simple.
7. Anger management
Unleashing a combination of all the naughty words that come to mind usually helps.
It gives us a release.
8. We are creatures of habit
We like routine.
If our routine changes, it throws us.
Think about when we go into the supermarket looking our usual chicken balti and it’s been moved to a new location.
Confusion and frustration.
9. We can’t live without it
Just look at the expressions on our faces during the summer break.
The urge to burst into tears, sudden twitching and fits of rage aimed at anyone are some of the symptoms of the end-of-season break.
10. We love the game
It makes us happy, it makes us smile… it makes us put all our problems to the bottom of the pile.
It makes us angry, it makes us cry, but we will still keep going until we die.
No matter what happened on the pitch that day, we’ll still be splashing the cash to pay.