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

(’Un)forgiving

(’Un)forgiving

12/11/07

After being called a “tozzer” by Norfolk premier sports paper The Pink ‘Un I emailed The Man In The Stands column to explain what I was doing to see if I could garner some understanding.

I sent his email:

Hello Man In The Stands, hope you’re well.
I’m the “tozzer on Five Live” who you mentioned in column a few days ago.

Just wanted to say:
I made a vow to spend just THIS SEASON supporting one of The Big Four clubs in the Premier League for a protest…

English football’s biggest clubs have decided, through their monopolisation of the game, that none of the other 88 clubs in the football league will ever win anything ever again. Ever.

So, if football has sold its soul, why shouldn’t I? If I want to ever taste victory in my lifetime, there is no other way than to give up the team I’ve supported for 25 years. I’m trying to make that point. I’m not turning my back on City. I love the club.


Here’s what The Man said:

Thank you for your email.

To abandon your club in its hour of need is treason.

I don’t care if it’s ‘only’ for one season, that’s a bit like telling your wife you are ‘only’ going to sleep with other women for a year, “as an experiment".

I would ask you to re-join our relegation fight, but we are probably better off without you.

OTBC.

I guess the moral of the story is: you can try to decode the nature of ultra-support, and wind up a few people from your former football club along the way. But… If you do it to a club that’s bottom of the league, they’ll turn their back on you forever.

‘OTBC’ stands for ‘On The Ball City’, which is Norwich City’s famous terrace song. I sang it to myself after reading that. It was a dark moment… Most of my proudest moments in football came while bellowing that song out on the terraces. I feel very sad indeed today.

Still, Arsenal are playing tonight…

Score prediction: Reading 1-3 Arsenal

Might have a punt on that…

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Comment from: Spaceram [Visitor] Email · http://www.journalsofderventio.co.uk
If you want to see life from the other end of the table have a look at my Derby blog at www.journalsofderventio.co.uk
This really is a "silly season"
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Comment from: David Wilkinson [Visitor] Email · http://milkysleedsunited.blogspot.com/
Hey, just spotted the site in this week's NME underneath your interview. Initially, I was completely puzzled and mystified by your idea, and it's taken a bit for me to understand why anyone would ever abandon their team in the pursuit of glory, but having now read your blog I can see the bigger picture and am in total support of your campaign.

I'm a Leeds United fan, and although I personally could never do what you have, now Leeds United are lingering in the lower depths of English football, I can see why others would be attracted by the bright lights of the Premiership and Champions League.

'Turncoat' fans are not uncommon, although few would ever admit to having done so. I live in West Yorkshire, and uptil about 5 years ago the only Chelsea fan I knew was my Dad. However, since the billionaire Russian upped sticks and moved to Stamford Bridge, it now seems every household has it's own Chelsea fan.

Football is being ruined by the ridiculous amount of money the top four have, and Leeds United are a glowing example of the desperate lengths other clubs have gone to, in a bid to challenge the Premiership and European elite. Outside the top four, times are hard for many football fans and it's about time the game was capped (with regards to salary and transfers) and returned to an even footing where all clubs can compete.

Congratulations on the blog, and I look forward to reading more. I would also be interested in a reversed roles version, where by a Manchester United fan spent a year supporting someone like Rushden & Diamonds...

All the best, David.
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