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Dear Peter,

I can’t stand it any more. I must put my indignation on the record. Football is taking over our language, our leisure time and intellectual energy. No one is fighting back. The field is left wide open to the bellowing ranks of sports fans now reinforced by their representatives in the intelligentsia such as yourself.

Professional football at its rare best is artistic and exciting. On average it is tedious and clumsy. There is nothing wrong with that. It applies equally to tennis, gymnastics or chess.

When you and I were schoolboys at Latymer…

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