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The Dangers Of Fair Weathered Fans


Vital Manchester City received the following article from Ireland based and City fan, mcfcirish.

So, as the title of the article may suggest, this piece is dedicated to the most un-wanted menace to ever attach itself to the game of football. Yes I know FIFA and UEFA may also spring to mind but that's another argument for another day.

Anyway, let me explain exactly why I'm bringing this to your attention.

I have recently returned to an adult learning course - my local town runs a mini bus in which about six people travel. There are three football fans, me (City fan), a Liverpool and a Manchester United supporter.

HOWEVER there is one chap, who I noticed on the bus ride down on Monday was wearing a Celtic jersey Fine, fair enough. Celtic are after all pretty much any Irish football fans' second team.

The following day the same chap who was wearing the Celtic top ended up wearing a Real Madrid t-shirt. Fine I said to myself, maybe he's been there on holidays.

Stay with me folks...

On Wednesday the same chap wore an Arsenal shirt, which I thought was odd after seeing both the Real Madrid and Celtic shirts. It was yesterday (Thursday) though when he appeared wearing a Liverpool shirt and training pants. When he got off the bus I says to the United guy, 'Jesus I could have sworn I saw your man wearing an Arsenal shirt yesterday?' The bloke replied, 'he was, sure he's one of them fair weather fans.'

Now, for those of you who don't know what a fair weather fan is, please let me explain?

A fan of a sports team who only shows support when the team is doing well. During hard times they usually bandwagon other teams. They basically have no real loyalty to the team, but still manage to get better seats than you or I at the game. Strangely, they mysteriously vanish at the first sign of trouble.

Now I'm not anti free speech but this kind of carry on really gets up my nose. For example...

I support my local lads Cork City and go to see them whenever I can. Turners Cross, the ground has a 10,000 capacity, but there are fewer than 2,000 regular supporters for home games. The trouble is, while I support a local and foreign team (Man City), a lot of my fellow countrymen, don't bother with our local League Of Ireland teams but prefer the likes of ManUre, Arsenal, Liverpool or Celtic.

Now the Celtic thing is also a strange one as any football person over here in Ireland will tell you Hibernian are the Scottish club with 'real' Irish connections, but there we go.

As for my friends at Turners Cross - funnily enough a lot of their songs are very similar to Man City songs 'Super City' etc. but there are also songs which were most recently heard when Ipswich Town and Celtic came to visit, including such classics as 'Where the f*** in Ireland is Glasgow', 'Whets it like to have a Queen?' and 'Do you know the way to Turners Cross?'

Now those three in fairness are all in good fun and lots of the hardcore Cork City fans support their local team and at the same time, an English club. However there is one song that is pretty self explanatory.

'Support your local team, and its short and sweet, support your local team support your local team, we all do, so should you, support your local team.'

The message is obviously clear. Stick with the team which is close by. The club you love, the club who you have been through great highs and great lows with. Supporting a team abroad or indeed locally, when times are good may be a short high but lets face it, its soulless!

So if I may finish off by saying...

Give me a few thousand loyal fans over a hundred thousand fair weathered fans any day.

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Writer: mcfcirish Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 2 2009

Time: 10:46AM

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I suppose you could look at the appeal of football, in the same way you can look at videogames. Both have broad appeal, and there is no shame in admitting you enjoy them and both have casual and hardcore support. Football and videogames must cater for both. --------- However, the problem that exists with football, is that there are many out there, that want to jump onboard a club that is riding the waves of success, that somehow think that it is, a) the right thing to do, b) believe that the success of the adopted club will rub off on them, c) do not want to be the odd one out, d) have absolutely no sense. ---------- Of course these people have no loyalty, no passion, no spirit, no sense of history, and as soon as another club stands out as the one that deserves the support, they jump ship immediately. ----------- They have no idea (or simply do not care) that the football club you belong to, you belong to for life. They are not a fan, they are not a supporter, they just like football to some extent but care not a jot, who they 'follow' from one week to another, undoubtedly professing their undying love for said team. ----------- I have no objections to anyone that keeps up with another team or teams (particularly local small clubs), wherever they may be, whether they are interested in the scores, some players, or for whatever reason it may be. But anyone that is simply doing it to be accepted, or because the club in question is doing well, only to turn and run, when they don't (as all clubs do at some point), is not only shameful, but it speaks volumes about the person themselves. ---------- I dislike these 'fans', no, I detest them with a passion, but at the same time I accept that they exist and will always do so, and that many clubs (I am looking at you ManUtd), make a hell of a lot of money from them. And I suspect that soon, City will have plenty of them too.
BlueWolfie
First it was Liverpool. Then came manure. Latterly, the Arsenal, then Chelsea jerseys appeared on a street corner near you. I suspect we'll be next on the list. With glory comes glory hunters I'm afraid.
fifthcolumnblue
I have to come clean. As well as supporting City I also support Altrincham ... now thats better I have confessed all. Great article McfcIrish.
Wswilly3
I wouldn't worry about it too much WSwilly 3, as in addition to supporting Manchester City I regularly attend Kidderminster Harriers matches in the Blue Square Premier League and have done ever since I was really young - I go whenever I have a free Saturday or Tuesday night as they are relatively local to me and it is important to help protect the local, lower league teams in this day and age.
Kevinho
I usually go to one or two Cambridge United matches a season, mainly over Christmas (with CU supporting mates that live locally). I only do it for the glory of course...
fifthcolumnblue
bloody hell my lunch soon went reading that mate lol - only kiddin i know what your saying about idiots who go with the flow and support any old team and change like the weather. - i believe sev used to support the rags although he denies it ;0)
bluemooner_mcfc
actually it was the Miami Heat, BM. :-P
severedgein
well said kev,i support the team i played with growing up kilworth.....yep yet another celtic!!
mcfcirish
kilworth celtic,to make my sentance make sense there!! :D
mcfcirish
Excellent article and you meet so many of these guys. I have to admit though,that when no City game is on TV,I pick a game that affects or can affect our league position or ambitions Whover I conceive as the danger team,then,for the duration of the game I wholeheartedly support their opposition.Portsmouth v Man U-I support Pompey every time.Willk be watching Liverpool and Chelse,where I think a draw will suit me,preferably with one or two sendings off. Regards Mariner
Mariner
I do the same mariner! makes the times when city arnt playing a little more interesting :D
eighthsin
 

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