Finally. Fellow brit sports fan here too. My main sport is Rugby (union) of which I’m utterly obsessed and a massive Northampton Saints fan (and England ofcourse).
I used to be hugely into kicky ball as well, but I’ve since gone off it quite a bit due to the circus it has become and the pansies that play it.
I also follow F1 closely and love snooker and darts.
Kicky ball I’m a Luton fan (currently 11th in the championship).
We’ve been through a lot of bad times over the last 15 years.
Around 2008 I think it was (lose track of time), we were deducted points in league 1 and then league 2 by the FA for failing to pay a tax bill and for going into administration. Yes, back to back points deductions of -30 points, which of course resulted in us getting relegated to non-league for the first time in our history. We only owed a few hundred thousand pounds, which in today’s terms is absolutely nothing compared to what some clubs owe (Cough…Derby County).
To this day all our fans absolutely hate the FA for the way they treated us, because bigger clubs have got away with far more and been punished far less than this before and since.
Anyway, the club was literally hours away from dissolving until it was bought out by a consortium of fairly wealthy fans. I remember only 10 years ago playing teams like Eastbourne Borough and Kettering, or going to tiny garden sheds like Tamworth away (ground capacity 4,000, actual fans in the ground about 900).
We were stuck in noin league for 5 long, painful, agonising years before we finally got out as champions (had 2 playoff final defeats in that time too). It’s by far the toughest league in England to get out of, as all the teams can basically beat each other on any given day, and if you don’t win the league, you don’t go up as the playoff system is a lottery.
Since then we’ve been on a roll. Back to back promotions got us into league one, where we stayed for 2 seasons before winning that league again too.
Been in the championship 2 seasons now and firmly established with a new stadium on the way. It’s been an emotional journey but an incredible turnaround. We have a 5 year plan now to get into the premier league even.
I believe that money has utterly destroyed the sport for the most part, and that the premier league is one big circus. Real football is played in the lower leagues for me.
Rugby wise, Saints were flying at the start of this season, but we’ve since gone on a a bit of a crap run losing back to back games. Thankfully internationals are over (Great performance by England btw) and we have the likes of lawes, ludlam, Furbank etc back. Naiyaravoro also back from injury. Tough aaway trip to Bristol Friday, but happy the prem is back underway.