These are quiet days for Early Doors. Especially at this time of the year when the dying embers of another football season slowly begin to fizzle out.
When ED is not surrounding itself with valuable summery stuff like the female form, sipping on a few cold Peronis in the sun, playing football with the boys or getting ready for the annual beach holiday to foreign climes, it can be found piecing together these dispatches for its vast and much treasured early morning market.
These may be quiet times for the world game, but there is a story surging out of the Bolton area that is very much troubling ED.
Bolton Wanderers remains one of the most famous old clubs in the English game. Founded in 1874, it was one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. It should be treated with some class, and a cultural awareness of the tough economic times in which we live.
But the owners of Bolton Wanderers seem to be very much out of touch with the general public mood towards companies such as QuickQuid and their prospective sponsorship of the team's shirt and Wonga.com, who are already involved with Newcastle United, Heart of Midlothian and Blackpool.
These are companies that are making large sums of money out of the misery of people struggling to make ends meet. Many of their customers are probably folk who watch football regularly.
Why they are allowed to operate is beyond ED's thought process, but why are they allowed to be anywhere near football sponsorship seems to be morally reprehensible.
Who wants a father taking his child to a football match having to try to explain what these companies are all about?
Are loan sharks any more morally upstanding than cigarette companies who used to endorse sport before they were deemed to be bad for the general health of the public? ED does not think so.
A petition has been set up by the club's fans urging Bolton chairman Phil Gartside to reconsider the decision to allow QuickQuid's name to be carried on the front of the shirt. It had already attracted 2,500 signatures last night.
"Payday loan companies charge sky-high rates of interest and are looking to exploit people who have fallen on hard times," says the petition. "In this tough economic climate, that includes many Bolton fans. Last year, a 36-year-old father from Bolton killed himself by setting himself on fire after being hassled by payday loan companies.
"We are asking for the board, and the chairman, Phil Gartside, to reconsider the club's decision to endorse payday lending by allowing Quick Quid to sponsor the kit."
QuickQuid apparently charges annual interest rates of 1,734 per cent for short-term loans. It is no better than filleting the poor. The Bolton South East MP, Yasmin Qureshi, said: "It's completely wrong. These companies prey on the vulnerable and they should be illegal."
About eight years ago, ITV went through a spell of hitting us with a form of disguised extortion when despicable shows such as The Mint and Quizmania were allowed to soil TV screens passing themselves off as some sort of quiz shows where the general public were encouraged to dial premium-line call-in shows trying to bag large cash prizes.
Of course, there was more chance of Mixu Paatelainen playing up front for Wanderers next season than the vast swathes of callers earning a worthwhile prize. And it was the poor who tended to respond rather than people with plenty of disposable cash in their accounts.
ED recalls one bloke being asked what he was going to do with his winnings after collecting a couple of quid to which the reply came: "Pay off my phone bill."
After a debate in Parliament, those quiz shows were cut. Payday loan companies should go the same way.
ED tends to manage its finances, but even if it meant cancelling that summer holiday and those cold Peronis, ED would rather go without if it meant turning to one of these appalling payday loan companies.
These are vultures of the time we live in. Football should not sell its soul to such a racket. But when did football ever listen to the fans when it has become itself a racket?
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