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Kickinoff has been set up by Ed and Tony to provide an outlet for articles about North West Football that we hope you will find both Informative and Interesting.

In this digital age in which we live we are constantly being bombarded with news from all directions, and whilst we all follow our own team it is often difficult to keep abreast of events at our local and regional rivals.

Back in the 1970s life was much simpler, most of us got our football news from the local evening newspapers which kept us informed in detail as to events at our own  club and at our near neighbours. It was in the 1970s that Granada Television started to broadcast a regular friday night regional football news programme called Kick Off which is in part our inspiration.

One of our objectives is to to find items that are hopefully of Interest to a wider group of football fans than just to a particular clubs own supporters. Another is to develop it as a platform for those who are interested in contributing articles about their own clubs in order to share them with a wider audience.

It is meant to be a bit of fun, it is not run as a commercial enterprise and we make no apologies for it at times being retrospective. All we want to do is celebrate the rich tapestry of North West Football.

After all, it is easy to forget and so easy to take for granted, that the North West of England is home to the greatest concentration of Football teams in England.

Since 1888 when 6 of this regions teams joined 6 others and were instrumental in setting up the English Football League and bringing organised football to the world, to the present day when we have no less than 19 teams competing in the top 4 tiers of the game, a further 8 in the National Leagues and the likes of AFC Bury Macclesfield FC and FC United below that, North West clubs have enjoyed success and failure, moments of pure enjoyment and more than their share of tragedies.

We hope you like the website.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jan/23/the-psychology-of-football-rivalries

“Local rivals are the ones with whom we have most in common. We often live in the same cities, attend the same schools, drink in the same pubs and speak with the same accents. The smaller the difference between rivals, the greater the hatred.”

“Rivals take us out of our home space and bring us into a place where we have to face ourselves, see ourselves for who we are. It is the narcissism of small differences that makes our closest neighbours our fiercest enemies. A derby is only a derby when a team is within an arbitrary geographical proximity to us. But common to all rivalries, whether local or not, is that they spring up because they threaten the myths we tell ourselves about ourselves and the football clubs that represent us.”

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