There's only four teams involved in football's top honours these days, so what's it like to win silverware every season? This is the blog of one football fan who decided to, fully and unconditionally, do the unthinkable and change the football team he supported to spend one season at the top... AND NOW HE'S DOING A SIMILAR THING FOR EURO 2008 WITH A MATE BECAUSE THE SEASON'S FINISHED AND THEY'RE BOTH BORED

Archives for: September 2007, 14

And the winner is...


It’s been a while coming and finally the decision is made. No not Gisele, but that crass branding behind her. I’ve chosen to support Arsenal this season. The point of the illustration is that, in the end, it came down to beauty, and they football they play. Who wouldn’t want to support that every week? All of The Big Four have strengths on and off the pitch, we all know that, and in recent times all have achieved great things in terms of footballing honours. So, I guess it comes down to the sutble differences between the clubs. I could blather on about the pros and cons of each one for weeks, but from the outside looking in there was only one club who seems to do things differently.

Here’s why I chose Arsenal (reasons in order of importance):

Beautiful football

The best-looking stadium

Youngest team (who don’t tend to get ‘snapped’ outside nightclubs wearing expensive T-shirts with writing on the front)

Arsenal always achieve the most by spending the least amount of money of the four (I think)

I live nearest to Arsenal out of the four

I’ve given it a lot of thought, but, to be honest, Arsenal were the only team I actually found myself wanting to support. The only team that came close to exciting me. Why, I can’t really say. Maybe that’s the point. Maybe no one can actually say why they support the team they do, although I’m determined to find out through those small interviews I’ve been putting up.

The overall reaction from my interviewees is that they think it’s stupid to change the team you support, but they acknowledge that, as fans of clubs outside the top four – be it Everton or Walsall – they know it’s unlikely that they will ever see their team take a major domestic honour in their lifetime. Perhaps more interesting here, is why they decided to support the clubs they did, and whether they would ever consider changing teams. So far most have said they’d never change, but most made their choice during childhood for a reason they would never consider valid now that they’re adults.

With that in mind, here’s Danny talking about Everton… and calling me an idiot for making the change, of course.

Sadly, I’m going to miss my first north London derby because I’m off to Italy now to watch AC Milan, and maybe find out how they do it over there. Although I haven’t bought a ticket yet, so that’ll be an interesting argument with an Italian version of a ticket tout. I wander if they’re all Mancunian as well…

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