You know, there are some absolutely smashing stories in this topic … it would make a really good book if they were expanded, and personal pictures added etc …
Also, what is interesting to me is how many people are introduced to RL by their fathers/relatives. Just shows the importance of family … and I guess RL can be seen as one big family.
I might add that it was NOT a father or relative who introduced me to RL. My father died when I was VERY young, and my dear mum had little interest in sport, so I remained fairly oblivious to what was going on around me re footy until, at the age of 10, I changed primary schools to one where there were quite a few young RL fantatics - most of whom had been introduced to RL by their dads ! Been hooked ever since!
Not my family, all of whom come from Berkshire or Hampshire...my dad took me to see ReadingFC when I was four. My introduction to RL came via Grandstand in the 1970s. Used to watch matches, Challenge Cup I guess, Saturday afternoons (when my dad wasn't dragging me to footie) on our black n white TV.