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Life And Death Of Football Today

The difference between success and failure is often down to one moment of madness, or one moment of tremendous brilliance. On the field of a football pitch however, success and failure can save or destroy a football club along with the dreams of thousands. Literally.

Just look at this season`s playoffs between Cardiff and Blackpool (the victor of this match will know their fate after this is published).

The winner of one match at Wembley decides which club gets to ply its trade in arguably the greatest league in Europe playing at Stamford Bridge and the Emirates, plus the small bonus of 90 MILLION pounds! Not bad for 90 minutes work.

But what about the loser of this lucrative matchup? For Blackpool it will be the end of a dream which may never come again, for Cardiff things could be tough next year if they fail to win also; considering they are one of a growing list of clubs owing money to the Iron fist of the Revenue and Customs.

So if this game comes down to one penalty or one moment of brilliance, kicking an air filled 'bag` could decide the future of both clubs.

Perhaps then, the playoff final should be named '`Premiership or bust``.

Our own club is one such example of what failure can do. That final penalty kick from Inigo Idiakez decided the result between us and Derby County in the playoff semi final some 3 years ago.

That one kick of a ball led to us almost losing our club forever. 125 years decided in one season and one game. We are just one of many clubs who have gambled with hopes and dreams which almost led to Armageddon. This is wrong isn`t it?

One own goal from Danny Higginbotham in the last minute at the Boro in 04 was how fine the line was between Premier league survival and perhaps paying off our stadium and being safe or relegation and subsequent relegation again.

Failure is part and parcel of football at every club, but should one kick of a ball in one afternoon decide whether a football club even exists?

When you think of the thousands who turn out to watch they`re team who live and breathe they`re clubs, you come to realise that commercialisation has killed football as we know it.

Red army comrade

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Writer:SFC Forever
Date:Saturday May 22 2010
Time: 1:41PM


Plenty to talk about there RAC. Good first effort.
22/05/2010 13:47:00
Thanks RAC. Brings back the memory of near extinction and makes us remeber how frail our clubs are now. The big few have a hell of a lot to answer to.
SFC Forever
22/05/2010 13:50:00
Thanks stellarn, this whole journalism thing is quite new to me, Will do a few more articles within the next few weeks.
red army comrade
22/05/2010 13:51:00
Hey Red that is seriously good. There must be a lot of people who will know how we felt last season when we were so nearly extinct.
22/05/2010 15:18:00
Blackpool have won and now they are in a position to improve their ground and therefore the gate permitted.
SFC Forever
22/05/2010 19:19:00
There are a lot of clubs sweating on the outcome of admin and possible buyouts of their club. Many could end up going down a division or two and some might even go under. Why? Can it all be bad managemrnt?
22/05/2010 19:27:00
When we got relegated I was really down. Normally that would not have made so much difference but now we have a super elite half a dozen clubs that seem to dictate the rules to every single club in the land. It has to be wrong for so many to be ruined for the benefit of so few.
22/05/2010 19:36:00
Again I see how we have suffered because of the eternal dream. The rewards are now so great that it seems a real possibility for some that spending will get you what you are after. Pity it doesn't work like that though.
SFC Forever
22/05/2010 20:06:00
I was so sad last year when we looked like going out of business. Can't someone help by forcing the issue.
VS sparkle
22/05/2010 23:20:00
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