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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 9:53 am 
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Boys: <BR> <BR>Anyone who doesn´t understand the passion for soccer, especially in England, should check out this story that a friend sent to me: <BR> <BR>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> <BR>From the Times News Service, London <BR>SPORT: (FOOTBALL) NOT TONIGHT DEAR, I´M GOING TO WATCH THE MATCH <BR>Ashling O´Connor says fans are happy not to play at home <BR>550 words <BR>THE passions of Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are almost as likely to be <BR>inflamed by the performance of their team in the Barclaycard <BR>Premiership than by making love to their partners, according to a survey <BR>published today (Thursday). <BR>Wolves widows are in for a lonely nine months as it emerged that two <BR>out of five supporters of the club would rather watch their team play. <BR>Like Ronaldo, the Brazil striker, they think that football is "better <BR>than sex". <BR>The next most "passionate" supporters belong to Bolton Wanderers, of <BR>whom 18 per cent would prefer to be in the stands than in the bedroom. <BR>Thirteen per cent of Arsenal fans, 12 per cent of Liverpool fans, 10 per <BR>cent of Newcastle United fans and 9 per cent of Manchester United fans <BR>would choose football over sex. <BR>On the South Coast, men are more circumspect about the game. Only 4 per <BR>cent of Portsmouth fans and 2 per cent of Southampton fans would forgo <BR>sex for their club. "It´s frightening," Jenny Wilkes, a BBC West <BR>Midlands presenter and president of the official Wolves supporters´ club, <BR>said. "They´re obviously not sex-mad but there is room for both." <BR>The survey of 1,000 male football fans for Teletext Sport found that <BR>followers of the country´s top teams spend 76 hours a month, or 681 hours <BR>a season, watching games. One in ten Premiership fans said they would <BR>choose watching their team over having sex. One in four said that they <BR>would rather watch football than spend time with their families. <BR>Christine Northam, a Relate counsellor, said: "Any obsession is a big <BR>problem. If every weekend for nine months it´s football, anybody is <BR>going to get hacked off if they are not a fan. It´s a relationship <BR>splitter." <BR>Wolves supporters are the most obsessive, watching the the game for <BR>1,263 hours a season. Of that, 489 hours are spent in the pub. Only Aston <BR>Villa fans spend more time watching football at the bar. More than a <BR>third of Wolves fans claim that their partners get angry about the time <BR>they spend watching football. <BR>Wolves supporters are known for their fanaticism. Molineux regularly <BR>hosts weddings, with some brides wearing home colours in the form of gold <BR>dresses and black garters. Sir Jack Hayward, the chairman, scheduled a <BR>triple bypass operation in 1998 between the FA Cup victory over Leeds <BR>United in the quarter-finals and the semi-final against Arsenal. <BR>But promotion to the Premiership after 19 years of exclusion from <BR>football´s top table has pushed this obsession to the limits. James Allen, <BR>the sports editor of Teletext, said: "The anticipation of being back in <BR>the top flight has something to do with it. It seems absence makes the <BR>heart grow fonder - but not for their wives. Given a straight choice, I <BR>was rather taken aback by the statistic." <BR>Hours fans spent watching football last season <BR>Top three: Wolves 1,263 <BR>Aston Villa 1,009 <BR>Everton 904 <BR>Bottom three: Fulham 435 <BR>Southampton 368 <BR>Portsmouth 142 <BR>Fans who would rather watch their team than make love with their <BR>partner <BR>Top three: Wolves 40 <BR>Bolton 18 <BR>Man City 16 <BR>Bottom three: Everton 4 <BR>Portsmouth 4 <BR>Southampton 2 <BR>Fans who feel depressed if they are stopped from watching their team <BR>Top three: Wolves 86 <BR>Bolton 71 <BR>Newcastle 60 <BR>Bottom three: Fulham 35 <BR>Middlesbrough 30 <BR>Portsmouth 30 <BR><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <BR> <BR>Take care, <BR>PK

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 10:14 am 
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For those who are wondering <BR> <BR>1. Woverhampton is one of the most depressing post-industrial s**t holes in the Universe. The accent of someone from that part of the Midlands is a byword for idiocy..so much so that TV advertisers use it as a shortcut to suggest stupidity. I always think of it when I see pictures of Cleveland and Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR>2. I´m one of the 84% of City fans, rather than the 16%. <BR> <BR> <IMG SRC="images/forum/icons/icon_wink.gif">

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2003 11:48 am 
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Dave: <BR> <BR>I´m in the 90 percent of Newcastle supporters, too. Not one of the 10 percent who prefer footie to nookie. <BR> <BR>Plus, that´s what VCR´s are for. Live fun in the rack, followed by a taped footie match! <IMG SRC="images/forum/icons/icon_smile.gif"> <BR> <BR>Out, <BR>PK

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