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301. Secure Standing Areas In Football Stadiums

Wasn't it great when you used to be able to stand at football matches...

Unfortunately, that is no longer allowed, and we want to try and get safe, secure standing areas re-introduced into stadiums. It adds to a great atmosphere and we think will make it a better spectacle.

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302. Bring Back 3:00 Kick Offs

A return to the more of the traditional kick off times please.... due to sky and now setanta sport apparent world domination of televised football and dictatorship over times of games we the fans now want to fight back.

Please return our games to 3pm saturdays well at least 8 have your sunday afternoon and monday night but you are now taking the mickey out of us fans. Case in question a 5-15pm kick off for Newcastle Vs Aston Villa at st james's park well reason why come on cant you see we dont arrive home till midnight and then some have another 150 miles after that.

All you lot care about is money not the fans so i urge you now return our games to 3pm and stop ruining the sport in this way. Think about teams like Portsmouth who are a coastal team having to travel all the time...

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303. Sky Sports' Blue Score Bar To Be Moved Back To The Top Left

For the 2007/8 season, Sky have redesigned their on-screen graphics and moved the info bar containing the score and time to the bottom left of the screen, from the top left where all other broadcasters have it.

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SUCCESS! The bar has been moved back to the top left!

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304. English Premier League Anthem - Old or New?

The English Premier League has released a new anthem for the 2007/2008 season entitled "My Saturday Self" by musician Peter Lawlor.

You can hear a shortened version of the song on Peters MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/peterlawlor

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305. Leeds United's 15 point penalty is bad for the game

Six years ago Leeds United reached the semi-finals of the Champion's League and finished forth in the Premiership.

Now they find themselves in the third flight of English football in financial turmoil.

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306. Fire Jack Warner Now

Recently Jack Warner the Vice President of FIFA issued a statement containing
as key points:

"If the World Cup were to go to Europe, I'm quite sure, with the English luck as
it is, they won't get it," Warner told BBC World Service.

"There are moves to give it to England. I must fight that."

"Nobody in Europe likes England. England invented the sport but has never
made any impact on world football."

This has already caused a massive uproar on the BBC's 606 messanger boards
and all over England. It is percieved as racist, wholley inappropriate and a
disgrace to FIFA.

In 2006 he was involved in a scandal which even FIFA admitted violated their
code of ethics and no action was taken except to impose a fine totalling the
profits he made from the scandal. He has still only payed a quarter of this fine
despite constant reminders from FIFA and still no action has come.

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307. Let TC Sorell Play Football

Trenton Sorell had gotten into some trouble this summer. No one was hurt by his actions. He is a juvenile and he made a stupid mistake. Trenton is paying for his mistake by community service and probation.

The School Board has voted not to let him participate in football this upcoming season. Our problem is that policy has not been followed the past four years when situations like this occur. We feel that Trenton is being made an example of in this matter.

Football is his life and he keeps his grades up to play. By taking away football, they are taking away his education. Should there be a one strike and your out law for this school, or should these juveniles get a second chance and learn from their mistakes?

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308. Coventry City Council has a duty to make the CCFC takeover happen

Coventry City managing director Paul Fletcher has raised the prospect of the club going into administration as the proposed takeover hits the buffers.

Calling on Coventry city council to do a deal for its share of the Ricoh Arena with prospective buyers Manhattan Sports Capital Partners he told the Telegraph: 'We are at a very important moment in Coventry City's history and until we have some like-minded people sat round the table who are going to say, 'right, how can we get a stable football club?' we have got problems.'

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309. Fans for the Revision of Division-I Football Championship (BCS)

This petition was developed to demand the revision of the current BCS system by replacing it with a 16 -team playoff.

Whereas the BCS is an exclusionary and unfair system that only allows pre-determined teams from certain conferences to participate in revenue making events.

Whereas certain conferences within the NCAA corporate umbrella have become autonymous and are self-regulating beyond the rules of the NCAA.

Whereas the BCS is a subjective system designed to pit the top 2 ranked teams in the country despite not having a democratic system which allows a larger sample size to participate.

Whereas a 16 team playoff would be a true representation of the larger sample size of the 119 teams.

Whereas a playoff would eliminate the possibility of more than 1 team finishing the season undefeated and making claim to national championship.

Whereas a playoff would preserve the integrity of bowl games by incoporating them into playoff venues.

Whereas the educational impact of a playoff would not be compromised due to the event occurring during fall break.

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310. Keep Louth United Football Club in Louth

This petition is to gain support and fight against the proposal by the committee of Louth United Football club to move the club out of Louth.

This club belongs to the people of the town and should not be moved to Salfleetby or any other location outside the Louth town boundary, now or ever.

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311. Fire Steve McClaren from the England job

Since coming to the job of England Manager, Steve McClaren has done close to nothing in terms of achievements - the only competitive tournament of his to date has been the current euro 2008 qualifiers - and look what's happening there.

Here's the biggest question - how did he get the job in the first place?

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312. Fairness for Fabio Capello

The Real Madrid president would like to sack the football coach Fabio Capello.

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313. Leave Capello we want him to stay

I was highly disgraced the way our management sacked coaches that even brought glories and values to the club.

Last time they sacked Del Bosque who won five trophies and since then we haven't won even a spoon.

So leave him and see what he may bring to the club.

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314. Capello should continue to be the coach of Real Madrid

I think Capello should continue to be the coach of Real Madrid because he has won the LA LIGA which the team has struggled to win for the past four years.

Apart from that, the team has been constructed by him. Then the team will loose money which can be used for other purposes.

Finally, if sacked,the team will go back to square one because Schuster, the proposed coach is inexperienced as compared to Capello.

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315. Manifiesto por la continuidad de Fabio Capello

Manifiesto de los Fans del Real Madrid

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316. Ian Holloway for England Manager

This is to get the legend that is Ian Holloway installed as England national football team manager.

First off he can't do a worse job than the last few, secondly he not going to carry on with Svens policies like Maclaren and finally he would be hilarious being interviewed at World Cup etc

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317. It's football not soccer

We copy America enough let's call the greatest sport with the proper name, football.

FFA govern football in Australia hence Football Federation of Australia. Football NSW govern it in New South Wales.

So let's all call it football not soccer.

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318. Hands in the back rule

At the commencement of the 2007 season, the AFL Rules Committee made a change to the interpretation of the rule relating to the positioning of a player's hands in the back of an opponent.

They decreed that any form of contact made by the hand in the back of another player, whether to push or just position in a marking contest, was to be penalised with a free kick.

This was a change from the last twenty years, when a free kick was only awarded for a visible and forceful push in the back of an opponent.

The justification for the rule change was to ensure a fairer contest and promote the scoring ability of forwards.

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319. PUNISH LIVERPOOL BEFORE WE ALL SUFFER

On Wednesday night, Liverpool 'fans' once again brought shame upon English football. The last time that they were punished, everyone else was punished with them meaning that clubs such as Everton, Wimbledon, Coventry etc missed out on the chance of a lifetime.

Rather than blame UEFA, the Greeks or anyone else that comes into view it's time for the people who run our game to be proactive and take the difficult steps required to bring the Liverpool fans into line.

The pre match statements of Rick Parry appear to show a tacit acceptance at the club that this kind of behaviour is not only accepted but is almost seen as a badge of honour.

Sort out ticketing etc by all means, but sort out the truly guilty ones first.

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320. Australian FA Cup

Australia has an FA Cup style competition for many decades but there seems to be no discussion at the moment by the Football Federation of Australia to implement a similar competition in the near future.

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321. Save the Music Department at Cape Coral High School

Recently, the Cape Coral High School administration has decided to remove the music department from the school.
The administration's reason for removing the program was becasue there weren't enough students signed up for the classes.

The music teacher and her students acted immediately, set up a table in the cafeteria, and got a considerable amount of students to sign up. There were at least 104 students signed up for classes such as guitar, piano/keyboard, musical theatre, drums, and the special education class.

Although they had less than two months to accomplish the task in recruiting more students, they achieved the goal.
The administration claims that there were only around 40 people who signed up.

Every student has the right to learn about different fields which interest them, and removing the music department from Cape Coral High School is denying at least 100 students from that right. Removing the music department would be just as unfair as telling the football players that there wasn't going to be any football next year, or telling painters that art class wouldn't be available to them anymore.

Would you like it if you were told that you were unable to participate in the classes that pertained to your hobbies or possible career? No, nobody would. Therefore, we ask the Cape Coral High School administration to change their decision, keeping the music department part of the school.

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322. Midas help my club

Psychic Dean Midas Maynard has a huge reputation for helping many sporting teams including Reading, Leeds United, Macclesfield Town and Wigan Warriors and now he is looking to get a role with a british football team for the 2007/2008 season.

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323. A better Australian Home End for Socceroos matches

A petition for a better Australian Home End for Socceroos matches.

A football team’s home end should be the focal point of support for that team. It should be filled with loud voices and songs of encouragement. It should be visually impressive. It should be a source of inspiration to the home side and intimidating to the opposition.

We the undersigned are a group of concerned Socceroo supporters from around the country who believe that the Australian Home End created by the FFA, while well-intentioned, is not fulfilling its potential.

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324. Put a "save of the month" on match of the day!

Match of the Day has had a goal of the month for ages; some of the goals are spectacular, and it is interesting to watch, but it's time to have a save of the month as well.

Strikers are not the only match winners, goalkeepers are often just as vital in winning the match, and with great goalkeepers like Petr Cech, Paul Robinson, and Shay Given in the premiership, making great saves, it is time they were recognised and rewarded too!

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325. Say no to FA Cup semi finals at Wembley

Holding FA Cup semi finals at Wembley Stadium will devalue the prize of reaching the final and take away some of the magic of the FA Cup.

The FA claim their decision is to allow more fans to attend the semi finals, yet this season both semi finals saw empty seats in stadia with less capacity than the new Wembley. They should respect the fans as we are not stupid.

The FA's decision is purely based on recouping some of the money they wasted on the stadium overspend and the wages that are still being paid to Sven-Goran Eriksson. Wembley is for Cup Finals, always has been, always should be.

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326. Time to Go

As you may of Read in the LEP and other Media. OUR club Preston North End, isn't happy about Stay away fans, not happy that we the Fans are voicing OUR Concerns that the Lack of ambition by the Board is costing us big time. Fans have been calling for the Midfield to be sort all season, and its fallen on death ears.

Well we are in a playoff place at the Moment, we are fast moving down the league with constant bad performances. Relegation elected teams are walking over us big time. Its been Asked whos to blame, and Derek Shaw has come under strong blame. So lets have our Say.

**Those that don't want to sign don't put your name to it or a silly name, let's have a fair reflection of opinion. They will be removed **

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327. Fight against the antitrust NFL monopoly

In 2004 there was a very high profile lawsuit against the NFL filed by Maurice Clarett, an Ohio State football player, who wanted to participate in the NFL draft even though he was still a sophomore in college.

This dramatic lawsuit brought national attention to the issue of NFL eligibility. Clearly, the restrictions on eligibility deny people their rights to choose a profession they want to pursue. As a result of these restrictions, athletes should be able to enter the NFL draft immediately after graduating high school.

The Maurice Clarett lawsuit is an example of the problems that can result in restrictions on NFL draft eligibility. In his case, he argued that antitrust laws were broken as the NFL has a monopoly on professional football. And he further argue that he, as a professional seeking to begin a career, was restricted and had no alternative companies for which to work. This concept of the NFL monopoly also is a violation of American free market beliefs wherein one is free to pursue the career they choose.

The NFL is the only league for professional football players and, as players are successful at young ages, they should be able to become professionals as soon as they want.
Like all monopolies, the NFL will continue to dominate the market and will take advantage of athletes, their contracts and the way they are regulated. Prices will be unfair and competition will be unbalanced because of the restrictions to age. This will be an industry not regulated by free market practices but by one dominant monopoly which seeks to make as much profit as possible.

The problem is that young talented athletes may lose precious years of their careers to these regulations. Furthermore, the competitiveness of the market will be distorted because the best young athletes will not be allowed into the game. This violates antitrust laws in egregious ways.

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328. Justice for thugish behaviour on a football pitch

I feel that I have to contact you all regarding the deplorable scenes that I witnessed at White Hart Lane on Monday 19th March 2007. Firstly, I am a Spurs fan, and will freely admit that we were outplayed and out passed in the game last night, and Chelsea deserved the victory.

I thought that they took both their goals very well, and we did not seem to be at the races for long periods of the game. I haven't got a clue why, probably it is as simple that Chelsea are a better team than us.

But I feel that I have to speak out at what I saw after the game. I sat in block 33, row 26, and it is the same block that the fan came running out of and approached Frank Lampard. I am NOT condoning what he has done, and hopefully get what he deserves, a life time ban from the Lane, and a prison sentence. I have to tell you from what I saw, he was only reacting to what Frank, Ashley Cole, and John Terry did. It comes down to responsibility from them.

I do not know if you know White Hart Lane very well, but the away fans are positioned next to the Park Lane faithful, the 'diehards' if you want to call them. So, I can understand that the Chelsea team would want to go over there and celebrate. But, and it is a big but, while they are running towards there fans, there was no need for them to gesture to us fans in the Park Lane. I saw John Terry, Frank Lampard, and especially Ashley Cole, gesturing to us fans in a provocative way i.e. 'come and get us if you think you are hard enough' way, so that we reacted to it, and the more we reacted to it, the more that they did it. I can understand that they were just reacting to the amount of abuse and stick they were getting through out the game, but don't they have a duty of care not to react to these type of things? Frank came over to our side when he took and a corner, and got one hell of a barrage of abuse. He just smiled and got on with it, now that was the professional way to handle it. So why, at the end of the game, do a stupid thing like that and provoke the response that they got? I have no idea.....

To make matters worse, and I am sure that the TV pictures will back me up on this and there has been pictures printed in the national press, Didier Drogba should be done for assault on the fan. I blatantly saw him STAMPING on the fan when he was being held on the floor by the stewards! What the hell was that all about? You do that on the street, you go to prison, end of story! Why should it be different with him. Ashley Cole was seen kicking him, again in my book, that is a criminal offence. The second fan that came onto the pitch came from the Chelsea section, god only knows what he was doing.....

And now I have just found out that there will no action taken against any of the Chelsea players that were involved in the incident. I am asking each and every supporter of a football club to sign this petition and stop this thugish behaviour that happens on a football pitch. Something was done when Ben Thatcher elbowed Pedro Mendes, so why is it different for when a Chelsea player stamps on a supporter I ask you? We need to something about it, please sign this petition, and make sure that something is done!

To quote:

"When a Stoke fan attacked QPR goalkeeper Simon Royce last season and landed a few blows before the Rangers squad fell on him, QPR got a fine for failing to keep control of their players and reserve goalkeeper Jake Cole picked up a ban for administering a good shoeing while the bloke was on the floor. Step forward a year and a Spurs fan, clearly so drunk that even fat Frank could evade him, finds himself buried under a heap of Chelsea players. Of these, Ashley Cole and Didier Drogba, amongst others, are performing a strange dance not unrelated to the Hokey Cokey. We can only hope the unfortunate fan wasn't in their way. And is the FA feeling the collars of those Chelsea players? Or the management team that failed to control them? Apparently not. Double standards, anyone?"

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329. Bring back State of Origin

State of Origin belongs to Australian football. Interstate Australian rules football games have been played since 1879. Games were played under State of Origin rules from 1977 to 1999 and since 1990, chosen mostly from the Australian Football League (AFL).

Passion for these games were unrivalled, particularly between Victoria and South Australia, but also with Western Australia and Tasmania. These games would regularly sell out at Football Park in Adelaide and also in WA. They produced many of our game's memorable moments. In 1989 a crowd of 91,960 people attended a game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground between Victoria, featuring greats of the game such as Gary Ablett, Tony Lockett, Jason Dunstall and Terry Daniher, and South Australia, featuring Andrew Jarman, Stephen Kernahan and Craig Bradley.

Pursuing a national club competition, the Australian Football League decided representative football was not in its interests and deliberately downplayed the importance of state of origin games once it gained control of our game nationally. This has resulted in it declining relative to Origin games in rugby league. There were an increasing number of withdrawals by AFL players, who were under increasing pressure from their clubs, concerned by the risk of injuries. The final death knell was when "Mr Football" EJ Whitten died. Since 2000, all matches have been between teams representing the second-tier state or terriorial leagues. A token charity event each year at the Telstra Dome featuring has-been footballers is simply not good enough.

Now that the AFL has ballsed up the International Rules Series against Ireland (which was in itself Gaelic football posing as an almost farcical "compromise" of our great game), our elite players will be starved representation and reconition. We need it for our game to be truly national. In recent polls, players and fans alike have voted almost unanimously for the return of the series !

State of Origin gives players greater opportunity for lucrative endorsements and helps market their clubs. It gives states with underperforming AFL teams the opportunity to still achieve a level of success in our sport.

The AFL may be a national competition, but we want to see Barry Hall and Jonathan Brown pull on the Big V and play side by side. We want to see the best players in the country on the big stage, the ultimate spectacle.

Furthermore, we want every state represented. The "Allies" concept is a farce that helped take the passion out of the series and reduces it to exhibition match status. More than ever before, NSW/ACT and Queensland are competitive enough to contest against the likes of Tasmania. A two division format would be sufficient withe the following rough qualified rankings.

* Victoria
* South Australia
* Western Australia
* QLD / NT
* NSW / ACT
* Tasmania

The AFL should begin with State of Origin in 2008 to celebrate interstate football's place as part of the 150 years of Australian Football and make it an annual series.

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330. Sack Steve McClaren

'Second Choice' Steve Mclownen should never have been appointed England manager and will without doubt lead the team to failure.

He lacks the bottle to drop supposed big name players who consistently underperform in an England shirt, i.e. Lumplard. Whereas players who play their heart out are unceremoniously dropped (Beckham). He is tactically inept, uses unfamiliar formations and persists to pick players out of position.

Furthermore he was chosen as England manager on the back of a lucky run in Europe with a boring Middlesbrough team who finished 14th in the league, a campaign which included a 7-0 loss to Arsenal.

In summary; McClaren is a incompetent manager incapable of bringing the pace and style of the English Premiership to the national team and his only achievement thus far is to win the "Mickey Mouse" Cup (League Cup). He should be removed from the job with immediate effect if England are to have any chance of qualification for the European Championship.

Football fans unite and act now for the good of England!

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