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

Choosing one of The Big Four

Choosing one of The Big Four

25/08/07

Now I’ve told my closest footballing freind what I’m up to, it’s time to choose a new team. Thought I’d wait until the season started in case one of them was much shitter than the other three, but, as expected, nothing’s changed - except that Man City won…

For the first time, I feel like a kid in a sweet shop. There are no external pressures on choosing my team this time – no pressures from my place of birth; dad’s chosen team; first team I ever saw on telly; or just being a very young and naive age. Come on, how many of you reading this chose to support your team without some sort of external influence that, as a child, you don’t question. If someone told you, you had to live in the place where you were born and you could never leave - because you were born there - you’d tell them to fuck off, right? I chose my Middling Championship Club based on where I was born. A fair enough reason, but we’re all nomads these days – staying loyal to where you come from has never meant less.

I could give you a run down of the clubs, but we all know what they’re about. So, my choices are:

Arsenal:

Liverpool:

Man Utd:

Chelsea:

With no real preference for any of the The Big Four, I’ve set out to see which of the clubs wanted me the most – after all, the marketing people behind these huge entertainment businesses are the best in the world at selling their clubs to fans. It seems they’ve conquered large parts of eastern Asia already, so how would they value gaining potential revenue from me?

First step? Email each club, I thought… Get in there and ask the clubs straight, in what I believe the tabloids call a ‘Come and get me plea’.

Here’s the email I sent…

Dear [club],

I have decided to support one of the top four teams in the Premier League, but I’m not sure which one. Can you help me decide?

I would be very grateful if you could get back to me with a few details to convince me that YOU are the club I want to spend the rest of my life supporting.

I very much look forward to being a fan.

Best regards

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