So I saw this discussion floating around on Twitter today and I thought it quite interesting, especially as it’s something I have recently been thinking a lot about. So how do you guys feel about supporting teams other than Arsenal? Do you follow other teams?
For me personally there’s two levels to this. There are some continental teams that I keep an eye on in real life just simply because I have had journeys with them on games like Fifa and Football Manager. Teams like Lyon, Atalanta, Shalke etc. But I don’t really think those count as they rarely come up against Arsenal.
Speaking of Arsenal, I’m a Northern bloke, from Yorkshire, and I’ve mentioned previously that all of my friends/family are avid Leeds fans. I live like a mile from Elland Road and probably should have always supported them. But I became an Arsenal fan at about 12 years old in 1996 when I saw them playing on TV and fell in love with them. One of my friends at the time who lived on the same road was also an Arsenal fan too. I think there was probably a bit of rebellion in there too that led me away from Leeds. But I’ve followed the Gunners faithfully for the past 22 years.
However, in recent years, it has become prohibitively expensive whether trying to attend games or even buying merchandise. It’s ridiculous.
And that leads me to today and my current question. I have recently begun keeping a closer eye on results of various local teams. I don’t think I will ever be a full fledged supporter of Leeds simply because of remembering them in the Prem and their run to the Champs League semi finals. They’re a bit too close to Arsenal and the Premier League for my liking.
However, I have also been keeping an eye on two local clubs that play non-league. Harrogate Town who currently play in the National League and recently became a professional club last year. I have also been watching Osset United which is another local team that play in the 7th tier of English football and were formed from two previous teams in the town, Osset Town and Osset Albion who recently came together to form Osset United.
Not only are the games much more affordable, it also feels much more enjoyable going. It feels much less of an ‘event’ than going to a Premier League or Cup game and I really enjoy the more grassroots feel to the atmosphere. Obviously the quality of football is absolutely nowhere near as good but it is still a lot of fun.
I still love Arsenal and will until I die. They are my club. But I have hovered over picking up a Harrogate Town shirt recently…
I would love to hear the forums views and opinions on the subject.