YEP Letters: June 24

Have your say

I am not surprised that England were knocked out of the World Cup so early.

The manager is not to blame. He did his best with what he had. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

The main problem is that our up and coming younger players don’t get the experience of Premiership football because the teams are full of foreign players.

Their numbers should be restricted but we are not allowed to do so because the good old EU won’t allow it.

The game has changed dramatically in the last 20 years.

It’s more like bagatelle now with pointless passing backwards and forwards.

Dribbling has been coached out of the game and no one seems to have the courage to take on opponents to create openings.

Maradona and Platini took on defences with great dribbling skills, the like of which none of our players seem to have any more.

I am sure football supporters would rather watch this style of football than the boring rubbish they pay so dearly to see.

The great Matt Busby when he was manager of Manchester United and had those all-time greats Law, Best and Charlton in his team used to say to them before they took to the field: ‘How can I tell you lot how to play? Just go out and enjoy yourselves.’

That’s something that today’s players don’t seem to be doing.

Terry Watson, Adel

Not technically good enough

When England are in a World Cup or European Championships, why do they try to play a style of football which they are not capable of or comfortable with?

English football is all about pushing forward and creating pressure on your opponent in their half of the field. English players are not technically good enough to play possession football. Their control is nowhere near good enough, as witnessed against foreign teams. They control the ball with their first touch, whereas it takes English players two or three.

In this World Cup,when England played the ball forward at pace it produced incisive passes which resulted in goals for Sturridge and Rooney.

In the Italy match it was obvious to any junior coach that Baines was going to be exposed.

Even if he pushed forwards, someone should have covered him.

Italy played on him, realising it was two on one. I could not believe this was not addressed at half time. The first thing you learn as a child is that you cannot mark someone unless you can see where they are at all times. Ballotelli was behind both Johnson and Cahill for the cross from Baines’s wing for a simple goal.

Suarez, the most dangerous player in the world, got behind the back four to score – not once but twice.

Bernard Duffy, North Yorkshire

Tired out by advertising

I remain to be convinced that English football players (as opposed to footballers who play in England) really care that much about the World Cup.

They have such lucrative careers in the Premiership and also make a lot of money by advertising, in the case of Joe Hart, things like hair shampoo.

It must tire them out. How else can you explain their performances?

Terry Maunder, Kirkstall

Proper police and not PCSOs

I disagree wholeheartedly with Denise Marsden (YEP, June 20). I honestly believe that the concept of police community support officers was the worst thing to happen in recent years.

A PCSO is paid more than a probationary police constable and has access to many police records, which I find disconcerting as they are not subject to the same disciplinary code as a police officer.

They wear a uniform with ‘Police’ emblazoned all over it but are not police officers. Even special constables, who are unpaid volunteers, have more powers than a PCSO.

The reason they were formed was to cope with the demands of dispatching someone to a call and them arriving within a certain time – demands laid down by Government.

The police do not have unlimited funds, yet there seem to be unlimited funds for Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns Wiliamson, who can have as many PCSOs as the council taxpayer will pay for, as they are not funded out of the police precept, but from your council tax. If the money was spent properly, Mrs Marsden, then you would have more police officers on the streets.

Mark Hall, Pudsey

Take religion out of education

DS Boyes suggests a secular schools system in order to stamp out extremism (YEP, June 23), yet our Government bends over backwards to accommodate religion.

Michael Gove brought in term time holiday fines of £120 per child, per parent.

So a two-parent family can be fined over £500 for simply exercising their right to take their children on holiday.

But there are exceptions – for religion. Why are we making exceptions for religious reasons, if religion is the cause of conflict and deaths? Holidays are educational and positive, but only if religion is not involved. I agree, let’s take religion out of education.

Nigel Bywater, Morley

Ecuador trip cash thanks

Since my return from Ecuador I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of those who kindly donated to my recent fundraising expedition.

The Battle Back Expedition team were successful in climbing the 19,347ft summit of Cotopaxi, and raising money for, and awareness of, the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre.

This was the toughest physical challenge I have ever done, but knowing that I was raising much-needed funds for the centre helped to push me on to the top of the summit.

However, this was an even more remarkable achievement for some of my other team members. I was honoured to be climbing alongside serving solders and veterans, Lyndon, Luke and Paul, who have all benefited from spending time at the Battle Back Centre, and this helped to reinforce how important the work they do there is.

I was humbled to be working with Lyndon, Luke and Paul, and to have the opportunity to listen to their experiences.

The Battle Back Centre is an adaptive sport and adventurous training facility for wounded, injured and sick armed forces personnel. The activities they undertake there help participants to overcome physical and psychological challenges, promote self-confidence and improve motivation to aid recovery. Thank you to everyone who has donated to the expedition and I would also like to thank the YEP for its support.

For those who would like to there’s still time to donate to the Battle Back Centre via our JustGiving page at

Alternatively, cheques made payable to The Royal British Legion can be sent to my office – Greg Mulholland MP, Wainwright House, 12 Holt Park Centre, Holt Road, Leeds, LS16 7SR.

Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West

Baggy shorts are hideous

The sun is shining and the flowers are in bloom in their hanging baskets. The smell of the barbecue reminds us summer is here. But the streets of Britain look hideous. Why? Middle aged men walking around in knee-length baggy shorts and flip-flops. They should be locked up and only let out on rainy days.

Malcolm Nicholson, Barwick-in-Elmet

YEP Letters: April 20