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Why football is a funny old game

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When asked if football was a matter of life and death, the legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankley once famously remarked that it was more important than that. Well, that might have been a slight exaggeration but it can certainly do your career prospects no harm if you happen to support the same team as your boss.

I once had a colleague who conveniently let slip that they supported Chelsea. At this point one of the partner's eyes lit up and things were never the same again.Suddenly, far from being a pimple-faced oik with a penchant for dodgy shirts, my colleague was catapulted to the top of the popularity league and, in the partner's eyes, could do no wrong Monday mornings would never be the same again. 'Did you go to the Bridge on Saturday?' 'What about Hasselbaink's wonder goal?'

'My granny could have scored that one.' 'I can get tickets for next week's United game if you are up for it!' This coming from someone who had barely grunted at me before.

Thanks to football the partner and my colleague had become bosom buddies and me, well how could I possibly let on that I supported Fulham?

So a word of warning.

Football is a game of two halves. Choose the right team and you'll be over the moon.

Score an own goal by letting slip that you are a Spurs fan and, well, you could be left feeling as sick as a parrot.

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