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Football Manchester United starlet jailed

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Back in the days of Championship Manager (when Championship Manager was in fact superior to Football Manager) there was a young Manchester United kid who was a great buy as a defensive midfielder. That person was Ronnie Wallwork. Today the same person who was a can’t miss talent on a football game is sitting in a jail cell having been sentenced to 15 months for handling stolen goods as part of a stolen car racket.

It just reminds me that people so many idolise are sometimes not the greatest of role models. They have spent their whole life in or around the game from a very young age and when that goes then they don’t know what to do next. One of my favourite players in the Portsmouth team that won the Championship in 2002/2003 has also seen time inside for perverting the course of justice – that person was Vincent Pericard.

Footballers and trouble is not a new thing. It has been going on for ages but in the modern game where money is not really an object for any footballer who has a decent career in the upper echelons of the footballing ladder it is hard to fathom it out. Do they not get advice on how to cope with life after football? If they fall out of love with the game then who is there to teach them new skills to make a career?

Of course if they had invested their money wisely then they shouldn’t need to work but if you are in your 30s and have enough money that is doesn’t matter if you don’t work you still need to find ways to spend your time. Sitting around doing nothing really isn’t in the nature of most footballers who thrive on adrenaline but neither is anything else except football in their nature.

I know we all think it must be an easy life to be a retired footballer but one of the downsides of being a professional sportsman is what comes next. This is where the Players Union and those around the former professionals need to be strong. It is easy to drift into the wrong crowd and make mistakes. Planning for a future when you have nothing of what you’ve always known (training/matches/team mates) must be a rather daunting task.

For Ronnie Wallwork he made a mistake and is paying for it. However more needs to be done to get former sportsman to embrace life after their careers are done. They’ll still have more than half their lives to live god willing and life is extremely different after their playing days are done.

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December 5th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

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Students occupy Brighton University’s Art Gallery demanding ‘free education for all’

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So there I am. Laying on my backside throwing a mini American Football up in the air watching the news. The local news starts with a report on a group of protesters who have occupied the Art Gallery at Brighton University. They haven’t decided how long they will occupy the building but have given a list of 14 demands to the university which would end this occupation.

Some of these demands are what you’d expect, things like they want a guarantee that no courses will close at the university. Fair enough. That is the type of demand/protest that most people can understand. They want guarantees as well that there will be no job cuts at the university. So that want no course closures and no job cuts but they aren’t happy about fee increases either. Ok but I’ll let that one slip by. Next up they want bursaries for all students that need them and not just fee waivers. Ok guys you are getting a bit greedy but ok…

Next though they want the university management to publicly denounce the Government’s white paper on Education and get said Government to scrap it and start again. Not too sure the university has the power to do that but then we get to the whopper. As for the BBC South Today TV report this evening one of their 14 demands is the following:

‘Free education for all around the globe’

Yeah you know what, not too sure you’ll win this one boys and girls. Am I going out on a limb here when I say that they might just be aiming a little bit high? Are Harvard for instance going to change their policy because of 30 or so protesters in a Brighton University Art Gallery? I’m thinking not.

I have no problems with a sit-in protest. I don’t even have any problem with what they are doing but surely saying stuff like that just makes them a laughing stock? The fact the sit-in will cost the university extra money in security et al to ensure the safety of the protesters, money which could have been spent on education probably passes these protesters by but that’s not the important part.

Protest and have a sit-in on issues which the people you are protesting against can deal with. Free education for everyone around the globe is not something Brighton University can sort I’m afraid. Nr can they force the Government into scraping the White Paper on Education. Course Closures? Yes. Job Cuts? Yes. Bursaries? Well maybe but seriously guys you are aiming way way too high on this one if one of your demands is free education for all around the globe, you really are…

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December 2nd, 2011 at 6:50 pm

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