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There are a lot of complications associated with being a part of the global village. I mean, for one, there’s no place you can run to when you’ve just gone and called someone some names. Look ma! They’re in here too…

But I haven’t called anyone anything. Yet. My complaints against the humanity holding hands thingy run along other lines. Think about it.

What exactly am I doing, for example, posting about some bunch of morons who play a moronic sport on a tiny island halfway across what they tell me is the world. I haven’t been there. I haven’t ever seen this ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Never bought a season ticket for half a grand considering that that would be my salary for an entire year out here. I don’t even begin to claim that I know anything about Football at the EPL level.

Yet, like so many millions of other ‘fans’, I watch the telly and mint my opinions based on some dumb photograph of Ronnie winking after a rather clumsy argument with the Ref. I declare my amorous attachment to a bunch of players having never met them or seen them. Sigh. Introspection often seems to border on questioning one’s sanity…

This is the typical story of the global contributors to the goliathesque fan base of United. I can’t say that I am any different being a part of a ten-year-old generation of fans who grew up with Rupert Murdoch’s Star TV and its later broadcasts of the Barclay’s English Premier League. Don’t know much about ‘The Doc’ or the twenty and six years without a trophy to our (United’s?) name. We see the Reds as we want to see them. Not as a debt-ridden, ancient and musty British footballing factory located in the heart of Manchester. Hell, I’d like to know how many of the fans actually know which end is the famed Stretford? Was it the right one or the…um…wait…

As I sit here, slyly churning out another post when I should be hard at work, I begin to wonder if I should somehow feel inferior, or stupid, or both. Can’t say it feels great. I wonder if I should feel stupid, or somehow inferior to all the ‘true’ fans, or both- in effect making me a ‘Truly Inferior variety of a Stupid Fan’. Bad one, I know.

The essential distinction between cold logic and mad emotion rears its ugly capital once again. I will renew my choice too, in concurrence.

Forever United.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Ahmed Bilal

    19 May 2007 at 10:37

    Bloody hell…

    I don’t think there’s ever any need for us ‘non-UK’ / ‘non-local’ fans to feel stupid or inferior.

    Yes, we’re missing out on a priceless experience (going to the games, mingling with fans before and after games, etc), but how does that impact our ability to comment on the game? Most often, the local fans know less about their team’s current news than foreign fans.

    History’s great, and I think you should definitely know your club’s history, but that applies to everything you’re talking about – you should know the background so as not to make any stupid mistakes.

    But history doesn’t win games or titles. I’m a United fan for what it means to me personally, and that personal connection is not there because of history, it’s because for quite some time, united were the only club I knew of.

    Oh well…

  2. Red Ranter

    19 May 2007 at 12:00

    Great post k9. Pretty much sums up a lot of feelings here. Although if you love your club you might tend to look up wikipedia or sift through other online club archives for the purpose of interest.

  3. redarmy1999

    15 July 2007 at 15:45

    All United fans are welcome. Everyone has a right to support who they like!

    Although it is worth pointing out that where you ‘long distance’ fans are paranoid about being seen as inferior to match going fans, the millionsof ‘foreign united fans give us ‘local fans’ a bad name as glory hunters. We get tarnished with the same brush of only supporting United because of who they are and what they win.

    Local fans grew up going to matches with their fathers or whoever and have supported the team when they were winning nothing, standing out in the freezing cold to watch the reds grind out a draw, trawlng the country to follow them and just being part of that family.

    Now Im afraid that is not the reason why foreign united fans support United. It is because of who they are now. Why dont foreign fans support Reading FC, Wigan FC, West Brom FC etc..in their masses??

    So when your feeling paranoid about thinking we all think you are inferior, remember us season ticket holders and loyal lifelong United supporters have our committment to United questioned constantly as we are called glory hunters and told we only support United as they are fashionable and win all the time.

    Unfortunately millions of people out the are following united for this reason and why? I think it devalues the name of United when so many people follow them because everyone else does.

    There is a reason visiting supporters sing, ‘do you come from Manchester?’, ans,’we live further north than you!’.

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