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24 Things Everyone Who Played Football As A Kid Will Remember

Next goal wins.

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1. When you'd get a brand new football and refuse to let anyone use it on concrete.

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2. So it wouldn't end up looking like this.

But once the leather had come off you could kick it for fucking miles.
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But once the leather had come off you could kick it for fucking miles.

3. Finding stuff to use for goalposts was always an issue.

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4. You'd often be forced to think outside the box.

RT if you used your bikes as goalposts when played 3&in down the park @timlovejoy

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RT if you used your bikes as goalposts when played 3&in down the park @timlovejoy

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5. Of course you could play on AstroTurf, but that presented its own dangers.

6. Claiming your favourite player before anyone else could was vital.

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7. When your ball would go into the neighbour's garden and they wouldn't give it back.

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8. These were the best boots money could buy.

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9. So many arguments started this way.

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10. You spent far too much time in this less-than-comfortable position.

11. Playing football in school often meant using these.

12. But outside of school you didn't even need a ball.

Tennis balls and empty bottles are acceptable alternatives when a proper football is not available #FootballAsAKid

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Tennis balls and empty bottles are acceptable alternatives when a proper football is not available #FootballAsAKid

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13. Using the "numbers" method of picking teams so as to not offend anyone.

But then you'd get one team that was clearly much better than the other.
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But then you'd get one team that was clearly much better than the other.

14. Rushing home and typing the number 302 into Ceefax.

15. Swapping stickers with your mates at lunchtime, praying for a shiny.

16. Playing rush keepers.

When you're playing rush goalie and the other team are on the counter-attack. #FootballAsAKid

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When you're playing rush goalie and the other team are on the counter-attack. #FootballAsAKid

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17. This relaxed approach to the rules.

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18. The total fear of playing red ass.

19. How there was always that one Full Kit Wanker.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lifetime achievement award for being the biggest wanker in full kit goes to... @piersmorgan

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Ladies and gentlemen, the lifetime achievement award for being the biggest wanker in full kit goes to... @piersmorgan

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20. When someone would ask if they could play and you really didn't want them to.

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21. Playing 22 a side at lunchtime.

22. When the owner of the ball would storm off in a huff.

When the owner of the ball got pissed off and went home #FootballAsAKid

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When the owner of the ball got pissed off and went home #FootballAsAKid

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23. This universal truth.

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24. And finally the feeling of euphoria when you scored the winner when it's "next goal wins".

When you score the winning goal at the end of Break/Lunch #SecondarySchoolMemories

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When you score the winning goal at the end of Break/Lunch #SecondarySchoolMemories

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