Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
Re: What's your take on non-hometown favorites?
As Ian Brown once said, it's not where you're from but rather where you're at.
Basically, as a supporter your loyalty should never waver depending on results. You should be just as committed and proud to be a supporter of your team if they're champions or relegated. The minute you start dictating your alleigance and commitment to the team based on how they perform you enter that murky territory whereby the concept of winning and losing becomes more important than actually supporting your team.
I was raised a United fan through family influence and I've resided about 50 minutes away from Manchester my entire life. During the times I've been to games I've seen countless Mancunians sit/stand in silence, constantly abuse the players after every poor pass and leave on 80 minutes. Coincidentally, I've also seen various out of town tourists constantly taking pictures, wearing half and half scarves (the dirt worst) and annoying various supporters by blocking exists post match so they can get autographs from both sets of players. Both types of fan here to me are problematic, and their location doesn't make a blind bit of difference.
As an example, let me cite Stoke City. They're a typically smaller club in the Premier League, and the majority of their support is contained within Stoke and the surrounding areas. Compared to a Man Utd, Liverpool or even Newcastle who will have supporters littered throughout the country, the core of Stoke's support is predominantly local. For that reason they commonly try and wind up the bigger clubs by boasting about this, however a quick look at their attendances would tell you that prior to being promoted to the Premier League they could barely fill their ground halfway consistently. Since their promotion they've sold out every game and attendances are considerably higher. To me, anyone who only started attending games the minute Stoke got promoted is no better a fan than someone who supports a team 100 miles away from them, their mindset is hardly what you expect of a 'true fan' and that's where the issue lies, not whether they're local or out of town.
I get that to follow your hometown team regardless of success in some respect shows a sense of commitment to your area and where you come from. But tbh anyone who throws out the 'you don't support your local team' tripe is just using that to try and get a reaction out of you. I'd bet my life savings that same person wouldn't care in the slightest if he ran into someone who supported the same side as him but lived 300 miles away. It's just an easy way for fans of smaller teams to often wind up fans of bigger teams who enjoy a more nationwide/worldwide support. Man City fans forever try and claim nobody in Manchester is a United fan, yet I've seen countless fans of theirs talk proudly at now boasting a worldwide support. Again, don't take notice of supporters who try and make location an issue because chances are they won't practice what they preach and are just looking to get a bite out of you.
Last edited by WOOLCOCK; 10-27-2013 at 06:56 AM.