Author Topic: Football pools, what happened to ?  (Read 400 times)

Donkeyman

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Football pools, what happened to ?
« on: Jan 22, 2023, 10:25:55 AM »
Whatever happened to the football pools we used to spend so much time
filling in each week, sometimes  or maybe usually whilst setting on the
toilet?
Newspapers used to dedicate about two pages of newsprint to this
pursuit so what became of them ?
Some people won thousands of £s  if they got it right!
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 22, 2023, 11:44:14 AM »
I have never done football pools,  but I know what you mean, donkey.
I remember we had to be quiet when my Grandad was checking his coupons on a Sunday morning.

Nan and Grandad also had a little notice in their bathroom which said  -  "Stop sitting here all day dreaming of that £75,000."   


Funny what we can remember if the memory is jogged, isn't it.   :D

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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 22, 2023, 12:05:37 PM »
I remember hearing the results on the radio as a child .
Was  fascinated by the fact that a football team was called Hearts of Midlothian.
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 22, 2023, 12:30:34 PM »



I remember the publicity when a woman won 75 thousand on the pools..
She was quoted as saying  'I'm going to spend, spend spend'..
A couple of years back my niece won 100,000 on the Lottery..
A representative called to their home a few days later.. When asked if she made many calls to people winning big amounts she replied.. ' Loads .. I have two more in this area today'...  How times have changed..
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 22, 2023, 12:43:52 PM »


I remember the publicity when a woman won 75 thousand on the pools..

She was quoted as saying  'I'm going to spend, spend spend'..
A couple of years back my niece won 100,000 on the Lottery..
A representative called to their home a few days later.. When asked if she made many calls to people winning big amounts she replied.. ' Loads .. I have two more in this area today'... How times have changed..


Yes,  quite, Scrumpy.

That amount wouldn't even seem a lot to some people nowadays, would it.    Not when they hear of the millions won on the Lottery each week.

Donkeyman

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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 22, 2023, 12:56:01 PM »
  I spose internet finished the pools off?
That and newspapers on line?
At least we've got wordle now though!
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 22, 2023, 01:07:51 PM »
Whatever happened to the football pools we used to spend so much time
filling in each week....
Still there but not like it used to be https://www.footballpools.com/blog

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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 22, 2023, 04:44:10 PM »
Thanks for that info GOF, I will be investigating further !
Looks like l will be taking my laptopnto the toilet wiv me ?
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 23, 2023, 11:44:57 AM »



Wiki says ...
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Decline:
Competition from the National Lottery led to a rapid fall-off in players, from a peak of 10 million in 1994 to 700,000 in 2007.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_pools

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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 23, 2023, 12:31:11 PM »



Wiki says ...
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In 1961, Yorkshire housewife Viv Nicholson won £152,319 in the football pools. When a reporter asked her what she planned to do with her new fortune, she replied, "I'm going to spend, spend, spend!," which is exactly what she did. Her rags-to-riches-to-rags-again story takes her through five husbands, expensive sports cars, fur coats, and jewelry, a battle with alcohol, and bankruptcy as, unable to cope with her new-found wealth and fame, she rapidly spirals downward.
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Spend, Spend, Spend is an episode of the BBC's Play for Today anthology series first transmitted 15 March 1977 on BBC1, recounting the life of football pools winner's wife Viv Nicholson.

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Spend Spend Spend premiered in 1998 at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and won the Barclays Theatre Award for Best Musical of the Year.

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Donkeyman

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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 23, 2023, 06:28:31 PM »
Yeah ,l think l can remember the Mrs Nicholson event Doody,
Silly woman !
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 23, 2023, 09:55:11 PM »
What a memory, My dad did them religiously every week.  I used to do spot the ball with him.
do people still do the pools? 
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Re: Football pools, what happened to ?
« Reply #12 on: Jan 25, 2023, 08:20:46 PM »
The football results always started with a 'Ssssshhhhhh!' from my Dad. I remember learning how to guess the second score by listening to the tone of voice.

When I got older, I remember the pools collector knocking every week only to be told that I had forgotten to fill it out, so obviously I never won anything on the pools.
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