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

I’m coming out…

I’m coming out…


So I’ve been watching the Middling Championship Club I support with a mate of mine for a few years now. There’s been a few up and downs (literally), but this is the biggest shock for both of us…

“What? I don’t understand? Why? How long have you felt like this?”

9pm in the pub and ‘the bomb’ has been dropped. ‘Dave’ and I (for the purposes of this blog, we’ll call him Dave – even though his real name’s Gary) have been supporting the same under-achieving Championship team all our lives, and have been watching their state of flux together for a few years. But change is afoot…

It was around ooh, the end of last season when I came to the conclusion that The Premiership, FA Cup, Carling Cup and Champions League have been and will be, for the foreseeable future, dominated by the mini-league known The Barclays Big Four. There’s no need to go on, all of us reading this are well aware of the extent of this monopoly, but how does it feel to know that, unless you’re a fan of a team in that league, you don’t stand a chance of winning anything. More to the point, what’s it like to support one of these clubs? What’s it like to know you’re going to win, or be involved in the final stages of, at least one of the four aforementioned competitions? Seriously, I’m 27 years old, and…

“I don’t know what it’s like to win a major competition, and as the supporter of a Middling Championship Club in English football today, I will never know the feeling of winning a major honour as long as I live,” I say to Dave.

“You’re an idiot…” he replies. Fair comment, perhaps. As ‘they’ say in this country, you can change your sex but not the football club you support, right? But has nobody ever wandered what it’s like to just switch? (Football team, I mean). Just for a season? Just once. Sure, anybody can do it for one week, or have a ‘second team’ – but what about making an emotional commitment to a completely different football club for a whole season? Will if bring me back the excitement I had as kid? Will it revitalise my passion for a game that has become predictable for the 40-plus other clubs left in the Premier League and Championship – the majority of whom would have had a fair crack of a major honour at some point in the past.

Anyway, this is the nine-month adventure that will take me (albeit just for a while) into the higher reaches of English football. Come join me, as I grace the top stadia, challenge the perceptions of football club supporting, buy a new shirt, worship new players, learn the history of a new club and… try to avoid the kicking of my life.

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Comment from: Tim [Visitor]
I'm interested, which of the big four are you going to choose?
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