Originally Posted by Ruckus
I think the support is more out of the fact that many people are excited that someone new has gotten so far in the competition. Plus they're an exciting side to watch and their rise from almost zero to hero is a great story. The other 3 teams are all great teams but it's a bit boring seeing the same bunch every year, right?
Bandwagoners will always be there in football. There's plenty of them in the English game too. It's no coincidence that I started seeing Manchester City shirts around London last season. The one thing I do hate about bandwagoners though is when they start knocking your team. Then they really deserve to be shat on.
I agree with that. With regard to my support for Arsenal, I'd have to say that I am a bandwagon supporter given I started supporting Arsenal in the late 90s only really because we were the next best English side to Man Utd, and because I was a contrarian, I didn't want to support Man Utd. I wasn't much of a fan in the early years given that games were so late here and we weren't televised often. It wasn't until 2001/02 (double winning season) where I really started to watch us regularly and get into it more, so really I was full on bandwagon back then, but in fairness I was just a kid. And over 10 years later, I'm still a gooner. But my main point is despite my roots in supporting Arsenal being stooped in bandwagoning, I'm not the type of fan now that only cares when the team is doing well, nor am I the type that shits on smaller teams (well, apart from Liverpool
). But in all seriousness I don't understand the kind of armchair fan that has essentially chosen to support a big/successful team that then mocks a team like Norwich or Portsmouth calling them small time, when the vast majority of fans of those teams didn't choose to support them, but rather were born into supporting them.