I am referring to British football, what is known as soccer in the U.S.A
I am a Newcastle United fan, but I have a soft spot for Leeds United as well, no idea why though.
So who do you support?
I don't really watch football, but my family comes from Liverpool, so LiverpoolFC
New York Giants!
Green Bay Packers.
I like Swansea City FC but i wouldn't say support
Arsenal. C'mon Gunners!
And also Wycombe Wanderers, as they're my local team, but I suspect they're going to be relegated at the end of the season *sad*
Portsmouth, or what's left of them. :3 Yes, point and laugh if you must. We were born and raised here, even though we're not football fans we'll stand by Pompey 'til the end. *twitch*
Play up Pompey.
Now I'm sure I've heard of them ;)... Haha jokes :p Newcastle are rubbish against them... But we tend to be rubbish against the majority of teams lol
Liverpool FC! 9 years now and I've only seen them play maybe twice? :3 haha
Chelsea *ducks* But I would like to mention that my support of Chelsea goes back pre-Abramovich and indeed my mum supported them back in the 60s. It's quite handy that hubby is a Chelsea supporter as well
I also have soft spots for Leicester (local to where I am now), Reading (local to where I grew up), Wycombe Wanderers (where hubby when to uni and the first matches I went to) and Aldershot.
I don't get the appeal of watching a load of grown men chasing a ball around a field and generally acting like uneducated barbarians that think the laws of the country don't apply to them.
I also think it's rather weird when people support football teams that aren't based anywhere near where they live (or have ever lived). Supporting your local team makes some kind of sense, but supporting a team from the other side of the country? How can you have any emotional connection to that?
To me people who support teams on the other side of the country are 'glory hunters' there local team are really bad so they figure they'll just support a team who's doing well, the main example of this is Manchester United... I'm not saying all Man Utd fans are glory hunters, but when a Man Utd fan lives in Sheffield (random city) and has never set foot in Manc it makes you think.
Leeds aren't local for me (Newcastle are my local) no idea why I like Leeds though haha
West Ham! I mean, should I support a team, that is. I don't really like football but the Hammers have a special place in my heart.
People like me, whose parents grew up supporting a certain team...I do not live anywhere near W. Ham, but my stepfather's father did. The love for a club is sort of instilled into you.
Well that makes some sense.
But, for example, my brother-in-law supports... I dunno, Liverpool or something, somewhere way up north. He's never been up there, he's never lived up there, his parents were both from this area and have equally never been up there. And so on.
I actually have more respect for... say, my colleague, who devoutly supports Plymouth Argyle (most local 'proper' team) and goes up to watch them play at least once a month, despite the fact that they're not doing well. And... like, are never doing well, from what I gather from her comments.
Eh, people have different reasons and you can never hope to cover all motivation for supporting a certain team.
It's also silly to label all people who do not support local clubs 'glory hunters' as this is simply not the case.
Like I said, it just doesn't make sense to me, to support a team that you don't have any connection to. I never called anyone a 'glory hunter'. I just said I don't understand it.
Haha the glory-hunter bit wasn't actually directed at you. I should have put another space between the two sentences, apologies. But the reason people support teams is because they do believe they have a connection to it, no matter how weak it may seem...I have come across people who support a team because they like the colours...haha. A ridiculous reason, sure, but it's connection enough.
I don't really support football or watch it. Like Ktrenal I find the people who say they 'support' a team on the other side of the country they have never seen play a little odd! Obviously you can like a team somewhere else/think they have good players etc. My dad is a huge football fan and always told me the difference between being a 'fan' and being a 'supporter' is being a supporter means you go to matches to pay to watch them and therefore 'support' your local team :).
My dad has been supporting Colchester United since he was able to buy his first ticket at 7 years old. 50 years of support this year in fact! They aren't a brilliant team by their matches and whatnot, but I've been to several matches over the years with my dad and suppose they would be my chosen team :).
I do occasionally watch the world cup when England are playing, as a child my family would all watch the larger England matches together with a little lunch buffet, picnic or fish and chips depending on the day and time of the day - fond memories :).
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Yay another Liverpool supporter! I've had to support them since I was born, so I'm used to it.
I don't support anyone for the exact reasons being discussed, football wise anyways, because I have no connection to any team and therefore no interest.
Talk to me about baseball and basketball though, that's different.
Dont support a team as such because I loathe football but from a curiosity point of view I check on how my home team are doing (Norwich) from time to time.
Newcastle United through and through :3 Was virtually brought up with a football crazy family, but I prefer to watch it than play it... balls flying anyhwere near my face is just scary 0.0
I do support my country too, England, but I also support Croatia and Switzerland as I have close family there :).
Yay another Newcastle fan ^^, yeah so was I, I would rather watch a football match then go shopping on a Saturday afternoon now hehe.