The former Fleet Street journalist wants to see more goals in league football
Mike Parry believes increasing the size of goals will make football more attractive.
The former Fleet Street journalist spoke to Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs about how to make league football more entertaining.
Using scientific knowledge and data collated by Oxford scholars, Parry deduced that making goals bigger was a necessity and rules should be rewritten to accommodate this.
“In 1863, a man’s average height was five foot five inches,” he explained on the Hawksbee and Jacobs Show.
“Now the rule book was written in a Fleet Street pub café and it has never been changed since in terms of compensating for the enormous growth in the size of a human being.
“If you go on HMS Victory, which is the ship of course was Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, the average size of a man then was about five foot two and you can tell that by the size of the doors on the ship!
“So I’m only using that as an example because man has got bigger and bigger and bigger as our health has got better, as our nutrition has got better.”
As one of the stars of England’s World Cup campaign this summer, Jordan Pickford had very few critics from his time in Russia.
However, Thibaut Courtois did criticise his technique during the defeat to Belgium in the group stages, claiming the goalkeeper was too small.
Although the Chelsea shot-stopper eventually apologised for his disparaging comments, Pickford responded by pulling off several incredible saves throughout the tournament to help the Three Lions reach the semi-final stage.
In Parry’s revamped situation, the Everton shot-stopper may have struggled to make quite the impact on the international stage as he has this summer.
Parry went on to say: “I’ve been reading journals for the last two or three years written by Oxford scholars who say that man is going to grow even faster over the next century than he has in the last century.
“Soon the average man will be six foot one inches tall! The average man is five foot 10 now.
“If you want to come in from the midfield and advance towards the goal, it’s not the size of the goal behind the defender – it’s the size of the defenders in front of the goal.
“So it doesn’t matter that the ball is lighter, you can turn it and bend it and curve it, it’s about the amount of space you are aiming for to get around those defenders to put it into the goal.”
In the Premier League last season, Manchester City romped to the Premier League title by scoring a record 106 times, leaving them with a goal difference of +79.
However, Parry (a staunch Evertonian) wants football to revert back to the days of William ‘Dixie’ Dean who scored 60 goals in the 1927-28 season.
My proposal is to make the game more attractive,” he added.
“Ever since Dixie scored those 60 goals, the number of goals a season has gone down. Now where is it going to go down to?
“I totally agree with you, it was a great World Cup with lots of goals, but that’s a knockout competition and more goals are always scored in the FA Cup because of the necessity to try again in the last five minutes in case you go out of the competition than are tried in league football.
“How are we going to get past the fact that goals are not plentiful in the league?”
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