As an activity, football is not inherently very important. In its essence the sport is, as its detractors claim, just 22 people running around after a ball. It’s the people playing, the people watching and the story that connects them that makes football matter.
League football in England has some serious problems. These include, in no particular order: the generally poor financial state of the clubs; the chasm between the Football League’s revenues and those of the Premier League; numerous rogue owners; increasingly uneconomic academies; a lack of investment in grassroots facilities and coaching; unaffordably high ticket prices; and glacial progress on fan ownership and safe standing. Continue reading