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What Would Be The Point Of A Winter Break?

Tom CTID sent Vital Manchester City the following:

England suffer defeat in the World Cup, the accusations start flying, the excuses are made and we end up with the usual tin pot answers - the players are too tired and we need a winter break. So naturally every ex-professional who needs publicity or owns a newspaper column decides to back the idea. Well why wouldn't they? They can enjoy watching football whenever they want and back England to their hearts content.



Personally, it doesn't particularly bother me how England fair in international tournaments. Manchester City are my main football worry and after a season of watching them, my nerves can't take anymore by the time the World Cup or European Championships start. So a winter break to me is unnecessary.

If a winter break was approved it would have to fit into the football calendar. With the Premier League running from August to May, the Carling Cup running mainly from August to December with the semi-finals and final taking place in January and February, and the famous FA Cup third round starting on the first Saturday in January after Christmas, it means the winter break would take place over Christmas and New Year for a likely period of two weeks. Great, for the national team apparently!

What about the fans?

A lot of people are lucky enough to get some time of the festive period off or if their lucky the whole period off. Personally I get Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day off and two of those days usually have a full fixture schedule on them. In fact, when the fixtures are released they are the first two days I look for after the first game. With working the majority of Saturdays the amount of games I can go are limited, but at least I know that those two days I am free to attend.

With the amount of money Sky and ESPN plough into football they quite rightly, change fixture times to suit their coverage. This means that over the festive period the Premier League fixtures are most likely to be spread over three days resulting in evening games. With it being half term, parents will want to take their children to watch the games without having to worry about them having to go to school the following day. They can make an evening out of it, go out for tea before kick-off, watch the match, call into the chippie on the way home and enjoy spending time with one another.

With the FA reportedly not currently interested into contemplating the idea of a winter break I just hope they stand firm because if I was offered the choice of watching high level football or the hope of helping the national team, then for me the winter break idea gets a huge NO!






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Writer: Tom CTID Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 5 2010

Time: 10:19AM

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I must agree. As soon as the team had lost to the krauts we had the media asking whether the players were tired. A load of cobblers as it was quickly proved because the Krauts on average had played more games per player than our overworked premier League players.
SFC Forever
they would still play the same amount of games. Usually they stick a bunch of games back to back and some weeks there is hardly a game to be had, whats that all about. The other thing is no sooner than we get started there is an International match and everything stops for those. these guys get paid thousands, get on with it.
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