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    Football Fans

    Is actually attending games a requirement of calling yourself a fan? I know lots of Liverpool and Man U fans who have no connection to the respective cities or even been to them let alone a game.
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    Re: Football Fans

    No I don't see why it should be. Anyone who has a Sky Sports subscription is pumping money into the sport to watch games from their sofas.

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    I don't think so. I am talking from a rugby perspective but I consider myself a Tigers fan but hardly get to any matches. Saturday afternoon kick off and over an hours journey to get to the game and I am left with a choice of playing golf or going to the Tigers. I prefer to play sport than to watch and so I play golf and watch the match when I get home on TV. Do not think that makes me any less of a fan.
    Some people I know dedicate their whole weekend to match day. Up early, meet other fans for breakfast, train to Leicester, few beers, watch the match, few more beers then home. They are often out for 12 hours plus on matchday abut I do not think that makes them more of a fan.
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    Re: Football Fans

    Is a guy who goes to the match but knows nothing about the club more or less of a fan than the guy who watches on tv, but knows the names of all the youth players?

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    I think there are different levels of supporter. The committed spend thousands each year following their team home and away. As GB72 has pointed out, it is a full day affair for many. There is a curve declining from that level down to the armchair fan. I went to a couple of Everton home games on the trot 2-3 years ago. I was loving it but my wife made me work out the cost and I simply couldn't justify it. Now I try to go when they come to the NE but that is it. Again, as per GB72, I prefer to play sport rather than watch so again I would miss matches due to that.

    I think being an armchair fans gives you certain rights to comment but I accept those who go week in week out have a greater right to have their voices heard, IMO. I will certainly defer to them when talking about the quality of a player that they are seeing week in week out rather than one I see 10 minutes of on MotD or in a Sky match. Equally, watching your team each week doesn't mean that you don't talk rubbish. Many clearly do.

    So in answer to your question, we can all be fans but some are undoubtedly more committed, for whatever reason, than others.
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    Not much in sport is rational... so its a personal thing. I couldn't support a random team just cos they win/used to win stuff! It's now very trendy to be a fan, and a Premiership Fan to boot!

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    True supporters should follow their local team, and go to games. Fans just watch on tv, so are tv viewers with opinions based on what they see on a box.

    I put money into my club by buying a season ticket. What do tv viewers put into their club ?
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    Re: Football Fans

    Quote Originally Posted by paddyk View Post
    Is actually attending games a requirement of calling yourself a fan?
    No. The thread can end there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richart View Post
    True supporters should follow their local team, and go to games. Fans just watch on tv, so are tv viewers with opinions based on what they see on a box.

    I put money into my club by buying a season ticket. What do tv viewers put into their club ?
    What if they, and their kids are watching in replica kit while drinking their tea out of merchandise mugs?

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