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Sat 11 August 2007

It's back!

Thank the Lord - the football season is back!

How many times have you heard people complaining - “But the season has just finished!”? We’ll you wouldn’t have heard it from us at Some People Are On The Pitch. We can’t wait for the kick-off. It seems like ages since we have seen a football match worth watching.

Let’s face it, when the football season ends, other minority sports come to the fore and clutter our TV. Presenters try to convince us that they are about to show something of interest, but can you really get excited about the summer sport selection?

Tour de France? Tour de Farce morelike. A load of drug ‘pedallers’ cycling around in lycra. Marvellous... The biggest single televised sporting event? On yer bike…

How about Wimbledon? Well for starters, that runs the risk of giving Cliff Richard a chance to sing in public again. ‘Balls’ to that.

Chess? Tiddly-winks? Paint-drying Championships?

Hopefully, you can see why we can’t wait for it to kick-off on Saturday and with the transfer comings and goings this summer it could be the best Premiership season ever.

Liverpool and Manchester United have both spent big this summer with Chelsea and Arsenal adding wisely to their squads. As always, Spurs have spent plenty of money too, giving some people enough courage to say they will finish in the top four.

We doubt that will happen - some people seem to be writing off Arsenal this season and they could regret doing so.

Portsmouth, Blackburn and Everton have all strengthened their squads and Sam Allardyce’s arrival should have the same effect at Newcastle.

Premiership new boys Sunderland, Birmingham and Derby face a battle to stay up this year. Derby look way out of their depth with Sunderland possibly having the best chance of the three of staying up.

Most eyes, however, will of course be focused on Manchester - but on the blue part for once. Every Englishman’s hate figure, Sven Goran Eriksson, is now in charge of Manchester City and has already made quite a few changes to the squad. Will the fans eat their words from Sven’s reign of the English national side? And if so, for how long?

If you listen closely, you can hear the media sharpening their pens already.

Yep, we're glad its back. New season optimism is running through our veins. Match of the Day is back on telly. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and if your team gets off to a flying start, the world will be a perfect place once again.

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