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When Did The Game Go To 85 Mins?

When Did The Game Go To 85 Mins?

Why have games been reduced to 85 minutes?

Life was good at 4.45 on Saturday. There was 5 minutes of the game left. Ellis is no longer. Villa were 2 goals up and both goals were scored by Villa supporting youngsters who have come through the ranks. We had just heard that the dildo salesmen from Small Heath were losing at dirty Leeds and we were going to remain unbeaten this season.

Including Sunderland last season that is now four home wins on the trot. I moistened the old voicebox and thought lets have a good old sing to get the boys to the end of the game and show our support for what they have achieved under Martin O'Neill. I looked around the stadium and a third of it was empty??????? What is that all about???

Now I know we all have different rituals, but mine is to go to the Adventurers for a couple of pre match beers. Walk up to the game and get in about 5 minutes before kick off. Watch ALL of the game. Applaud (if it has been earned) the players from the pitch. Go back to the pub and get Saturday night on the roll.

Surely the most important part of the game is the last five minutes?

Last season 9 or 10 goals were scored in this period. Why would any supporter not want to watch all the game and then celebrate a victory and applaud the players off at the end??? Those in the Witton Lane Stand seem most at fault, and because fans have to walk down to pitch level to exit, it looks horrendous. I have three solutions.

1. put up the prices by 5% to take into account the 5% of the game that fans are in effect turning their backs on.
2. Lock all the exits (apart from emergency ones) until the final whistle.
3. A direct appeal from M'ON to ask all fans to stay until the final whistle and make the last five minutes the most vocally supportive of the entire game.

Are any visitors to this site guilty of the crime? Can you explain why you would leave early? Avoiding traffic or being first in the pub are not valid reasons either.

By voiceoftheholte

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday September 26 2006
Time: 4:10PM


i like to stay right until the end personally myself :)
26/09/2006 16:26:00
I have to agree with you, I sit in the Witton Lane stand and plenty of people leave early. I have never understood it. I regularly see people leaving 5 minutes from the end of games we are drawing, which is the most random of all I think. The game is still in the balance, why would you go.
26/09/2006 16:58:00
I like to stay to the end!!!! Besides which - leaving 5 minutes early still doesnt get you out the car park any faster.
26/09/2006 17:00:00
the reason people leave early is because of the car park and everyone wants to get away with no hold ups getting away. I always want to stay until the end but the person am with always wants to leave.
26/09/2006 17:11:00
christo. I am not sure if you are the driver but here are a few solutions. If you drive just tell the other person you are staying to the end or advise them to park somewhere else. If you are not the driver just tell them you have payed for all of the game and you are staying to the end. Think about going with somebody else. I think fans saying they want to beat the traffic is pretty pathetic when the most important part of any game is the last few minutes.
26/09/2006 17:40:00
I drive in and park at 10mins walk from the ground,and its in a position to not get stuck in traffic, i'm usually home by 5.30, so i stay until the end. what i will say though is that if you walk past witton station at 5 pm you will see a queue just to get ON a train that puts alton towers to shame. i can see your point, but it happens at all grounds across the country. one thing i will defend though, you get some nervous looking kids coming out withthere parents. its intimidating to be knee-high to 35000 people all squashed into one road. if i had kids, i would probably leave early too. which is a great reason to not have kids, i just doint think the Mrs will buy it !!!
26/09/2006 17:56:00
People who leave early are mad in my opinion! I always stay to the end - winning 5-0 or losing 5-0!
26/09/2006 18:10:00
if people say they're leaving to avoid the traffic then why dont then also arrive 15 mins into the game theres no traffic then, no queues to get in, no queues for refreshements. if you're THAT bothered about the traffic then why not just stay in the stands for 5-10 minutes after everyone has left?
26/09/2006 18:17:00
Ive never left a game early and there has been a few I thought I would but I solved them problems like when Chester run the cxonference. my mum was gonna leave right away so what did I do I ran on the pitch with everyone else
26/09/2006 19:23:00
Never left before the end, never will, just do not understand it, the amount of goals these people miss over the seasons is tremendous, you are there to support your team and to me that is from the kick off till the final whistle, and then I applaud the team for their effort until everyone of them has left the pitch and personaly I am one of the ones who is in no rush to get out, It feels like home and I have a drive back to north wales, I cannot imagine what it must feel like to work your socks off for your club and fans only to see a mass exodus of people who obviously do not appreciate your efforts, soul destroying. lock the gates (apart from emergency obviously) and stop this unappreciative disgusting behaviour, it is insulting to the players, insulting to the manager and chairman, and insulting to the rest of the fans who want to feel a full Villa Park sing till the final whistle, lets bring back fortress Villa. UP THE VILLA
26/09/2006 20:53:00
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