I am also sorry to hear about your dog!
I enjoyed reading about your futball experience. I am not a big fan of the game, although I enjoy watching The World Cup every 4 years. The pics are neat to see and it makes me think I am watching some remote digital cable channel.
I have to ask. Do the lower leagues serve as minor league clubs for the Premier League? Do Premier teams have exclusive rights to players on a certain team or do they have the rights to individual players? I have always wondered about that. Also... are the players in this league mostly UK guys or do you see more diversity (African, Western Asian, etc.)?