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Old 03-02-2008, 13:38   #1
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Why do you support the football team you do?

Just wondered why the forum members chose the team that they support. I'm a Manchester United fan and started supporting them in 1986 as my mum is a United fan and went to most of their matches in the 50s and 60s and I didn't know of any other teams
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Old 03-02-2008, 13:41   #2
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Supported Liverpool since 1978 - basically because they were winning everything and I am a glory hunter*.


*Well so people used to keep telling me.
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Old 03-02-2008, 13:45   #3
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Manchester United fan from the mid 70s onwards

even though I was an OOT'er

also went to a lot of Barnsley matches in the late 70s with my dad, so have a bit of a soft spot for them, even though they are crap.
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Old 03-02-2008, 13:46   #4
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I got lumped with Millwall, bleh.

Closest ground to where I was born, which automatically means that's my team.
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Yeovil Town. Born here and still live here.

You don't choose the team you support, they choose you.
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Old 03-02-2008, 14:19   #6
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April 3rd 1985.

Dad took me to my first United game. It was a night match and I loved everything about it.

Leicester City at home. Won 2-1 after trailing at HT to a Lineker goal. Won with goals from Robson & Stapleton.

Remember it like it was last night.
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Old 03-02-2008, 14:27   #7
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My mum was born a stones throw from Highbury!
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Old 03-02-2008, 14:28   #8
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I'm a Southerner originally - Moved to Wales in 1984 when I was 6.

Was never into my football as a kid but my Dad (a huge Spurs fan) used to get corporate tickets to see Man Utd v Spurs every year and took me along.

In N Wales most people supported Liverpool (mostly glory supporters - but some Scousers who'd moved across the border), so being English in Wales I wanted to be a little different, so I started following Utd.
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Old 03-02-2008, 14:36   #9
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My mum was born a stones throw from Highbury!
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Old 03-02-2008, 14:38   #10
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Arsenal's our family team. My Dad was born and bred in Holloway (the area of London not the prison). My Mum's from Cornwall...not much choice from down there.

When my sister was 5 or 6, she fancied a boy who liked Man Utd. So she started supporting them. She got a lot of flack for that.
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Old 03-02-2008, 14:55   #11
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Older cousin threatened to beat me if i didn't, in return his brother made my brother support Man Yoo- but for him getting in quicker I was saved from being a Man Yoo fan!
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Portsmouth are the closest league club to me and easiest to get to, been following them since the old division 3 days in the early 80's and before I was ill/skint used to be a Fratton Park regular and at one point never missed a match in 3 seasons. Also follow Hamburg SV as thats where mum came from.
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I was born in North East London and my family have been going to the Lane since before the War so there was really no other team that I was ever going to support.

Moved to Wales when I was young (in the 70s) only to find everyone and his dog supported Liverpool (although nowadays it is mostly Man Utd ). Started going to Cardiff City in 1980 (City vs West Ham 0-0) but it wasn't the same as Spurs.

Was lucky enough to be growing up when Spurs seemed to be winning everything with style and, in the days when only the cup was televised, the FA Cup seemed more important than the League to a kid. Was also lucky enough to be back in london for 1989-1992 so I got to watch the classic Lineker/Gascoigne team a fair bit. Back in Wales but I did used to travel up to the Lane a fair bit to see teams with Gica, Klinsmann and Ginola - not been for a while though as I don't have the time to do the travlling.
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Old 03-02-2008, 15:36   #14
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A Wolves fan because that's where I'm from (the only logical reason for supporting a team, unless you moved around a lot as a kid).

It could have been worse. A couple of miles further east and I would have been a Walsall fan.
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My mum was born a stones throw from Highbury!
I hope she had a good supply of stones
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Old 03-02-2008, 15:45   #16
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The first game I ever sat down to watch was the 1978 cup final, Arsenal v Ipswich, and I chose Arsenal to support

My cousin started taking me to watch games in the Clock End from 1980 onwards.

Added that my family come from the Highbury area (up to my grandparents generation), so lots of Arsenal ties in the family.
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Old 03-02-2008, 15:56   #18
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I assume it's a Highbury the Library reference.

For me, it was Stoke City, as it's one of my nearest professional sides and my Dad, Grandad etc... all followed them so took me to their home games when I was very young.
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Originally from Shropshire I grew up supporting Shrewsbury Town.
I remember them playing Everton (or Liverpool) in an FA cup tie in around '84/'85 and we could hear it from school!
But my premiership team would be Liverpool. I started following them in the early 80's because a friend did and because I liked 'crazy' Bruce Grobbelaar.

Actually thinking about it I don't really 'support' any club as I don't buy the merchandise/tops/kit etc and I don't go to see any games - so I'm not financially supporting them at all.
In fact the only football match I've ever been to see is Shrewsbury Town vs Oxford Utd on 5th Jan 1985 where we lost 3-1!!

So I suppose in the strictest sense I can't really say that I 'support' any club - just follow them with varying degrees of interest!
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My dad and older brother are Newcastle fans so naturally as i got older and into football i followed them.
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