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Edge1981

Supporting two teams?

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This may have been done before (I’m sure it has) but the cup draw has got me thinking about how people support two teams. I know a couple of City season ticket holders who are also Manchester fans (both born and bread in Manchester) Both will be going and in the home end but say it’s the will be quietly supporting the away team. I just don’t get it? I’ve never supported any other club other than City and just don’t understand it. 

How do these fans support City but also support a premiership team?

I know city fans who also support Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton. Funny that their support of the other team is a watching them when they are on Sky and maybe making a trip to watch them once every three seasons. They would still say that the Premier League team is their first team and City are their second despite going fairly regularly to watch City play  

Anyone else care care to admit to supporting another team and explain how supporting two teams work. Who would you support if City played the other team?

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I keep an eye on Premiership results and catch the odd game but mostly to chat in work - not really a massive fan of any of them.

However in the big office I work in many, many people support Premiership teams, and quite a few support local teams to, particularly City.

Can't say any of them wouldn't want their local team to beat the Premiership side - the local team are their "first" team with the Premiership side more one they enjoy watching on TV...

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7 minutes ago, Edge1981 said:

This may have been done before (I’m sure it has) but the cup draw has got me thinking about how people support two teams. I know a couple of City season ticket holders who are also Manchester fans (both born and bread in Manchester) Both will be going and in the home end but say it’s the will be quietly supporting the away team. I just don’t get it? I’ve never supported any other club other than City and just don’t understand it. 

How do these fans support City but also support a premiership team?

I know city fans who also support Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton. Funny that their support of the other team is a watching them when they are on Sky and maybe making a trip to watch them once every three seasons. They would still say that the Premier League team is their first team and City are their second despite going fairly regularly to watch City play  

Anyone else care care to admit to supporting another team and explain how supporting two teams work. Who would you support if City played the other team?

Wasn't Wally equally conflicted when the Blue Few went to Chelsea?

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I'm a city fan first and foremost but I also have a soft spot for Barrow (don't ask why....) somebody who I go with to city though is a "big" Manchester fan, and so has been pestering me to give my ticket to his brother who is also a Manchester fan, never understood it myself... 

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100% city for me, but ive always had a soft spot for a few local non league teams.  Bath and Yeovil, as Yeovil were non league when I first had an interest.

I also have an interest in the Rovers (of the Forest Green variety). 

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Just now, Bristol Rob said:

Wasn't Wally equally conflicted when the Blue Few went to Chelsea?

He went to a game for his favourite team Chelsea, and sat there wondering who this awful team they were playing was.

Then realised they were the ones he'd bought so instantly cancelled the UWE and started looking at exit strategies! 

 

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I don't "support" any other teams, but there's a few (mainly foreign) teams that I'll keep an eye out for their results for various reasons. 

But I would never support anybody else over City, ever. And would certainly never call myself a fan of them.

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Could be worse, my sister is a Man City fan. Never been to Manchester in her life and never seen them play live.

That's not the worse bit, she used to be a Man Utd fan, but switched allegiances because 'Man City are better now'. :blink:

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I've always liked Aresenal ever since the early 70s and I always look out for their results and any live matches they're involved in but I don't support them. I don't go to watch them or buy any merchandise but with City I do both.

Big difference.

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2 minutes ago, KingLear said:

Could be worse, my sister is a Man City fan. Never been to Manchester in her life and never seen them play live.

That's not the worse bit, she used to be a Man Utd fan, but switched allegiances because 'Man City are better now'. :blink:

That’s shocking! I remember quite a few kids at school becoming Blackburn fans almost overnight. I wonder who they all support now?

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Cant stand it when people say they support a team outside of their home city that they have no affiliation with, never lived there, weren't born there never seen them play live, etc.  I know loads wh say they support liverpool or man u.

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7 minutes ago, Edge1981 said:

That’s shocking! I remember quite a few kids at school becoming Blackburn fans almost overnight. I wonder who they all support now?

Also her husband is a Man Utd fan, also never been to Manchester or seen them play live.

Not what I would call a 'football' household.

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Like anyone, I have several teams who I look out for but would never describe myself as a fan.

Namely: Tranmere, Everton, Forest Green. But it really doesn't affect my day even marginally when they lose. 

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The only football team I support is Bristol City. There are a number of other teams I take an interest in for various reasons, but the only result I care about on a Saturday afternoon (or Tuesday night, Wednesday night, Friday night, occasional Saturday evening or Sunday lunchtime) is Bristol City's

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My great grandad played for Woolwich Arsenal, mum was brought up in Highbury so yeah I also follow Arsenal and yeah if they’re on the telly yeah i’ll Watch them, but then again I watch match of the day every weekend so could now be seen as a football fan, nothing compares to City though. 

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Being born in London I first supported a London club. When I moved to Bristol 20 years ago I wanted a team to support and my son went with a friend to Ashton Gate and I became a City fan by default and a season ticket holder. Still a soft spot for my original team and another south London team when I lived there for a few years. NB They all have one thing in common, RED.

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50 minutes ago, Edge1981 said:

This may have been done before (I’m sure it has) but the cup draw has got me thinking about how people support two teams. I know a couple of City season ticket holders who are also Manchester fans (both born and bread in Manchester) Both will be going and in the home end but say it’s the will be quietly supporting the away team. I just don’t get it? I’ve never supported any other club other than City and just don’t understand it. 

How do these fans support City but also support a premiership team?

I know city fans who also support Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and Southampton. Funny that their support of the other team is a watching them when they are on Sky and maybe making a trip to watch them once every three seasons. They would still say that the Premier League team is their first team and City are their second despite going fairly regularly to watch City play  

Anyone else care care to admit to supporting another team and explain how supporting two teams work. Who would you support if City played the other team?

Your two friends are entitled to tickets for the game being City season ticket holders, but it does seem odd. I just don't get how somebody could invest their time, money and heart into two different clubs... Your team is your soul, your identity.. It's like having two wives or something. I've had soft spots for other teams (all from other countries) over the years but it's never gone further than checking their results and going to the odd game

That said, if fans of other clubs living in the Bristol area want to buy a season ticket and follow the City as a second team then great! The more the merrier, and they are very welcome imho. Hopefully over time, they will become properly converted to our cause.

 

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No respect for any grown man that supports two teams, complete nonsense that you'd expect to hear from a primary school kid. Bristol City and Bristol City only for me.

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My Dad's a die hard Liverpool fan, and I was raised on it. Hard not to have a soft spot for them, but City are my club.

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40 minutes ago, Robbored said:

I've always liked Aresenal ever since the early 70s and I always look out for their results and any live matches they're involved in but I don't support them. I don't go to watch them or buy any merchandise but with City I do both.

Big difference.

Arsenal are pretty boring, just like you. It's a perfect match.

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It can't be done. The parking space next to your heart is only big enough for one team's bus.

I moved to London 9 years ago and thought: "Right, I'll support my new 'local' team for the Prem now." The reality is that it's forced support, you don't really care if they win/lose deep down. 

If someone has 2 teams: they support one and follow another. Question is: which is which?

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I can see how it may happen in practice - lifelong city fan moves from Bristol to, say, Hartlepool and then watches the monkey hangers for a fix. Clubs then draw each other in the cup, fan is still city first and foremost but there is a part of him that would be happy if Hartlepool won. No issues in that, and having affinity for a second team in that circumstance is fine.

However, lifelong Bristolians with no family links to Manchester cheering Utd on? Nah, not having that. Just a bit sad...

NB - The correct answer is, of course, Bristol City and Bristol City U23s

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5 minutes ago, bris red said:

No respect for any grown man that supports two teams, complete nonsense that you'd expect to hear from a primary school kid. Bristol City and Bristol City only for me.

"Primary school kid" is the key here, I think.

Little kids are simple glory hunters, so choose a big club to follow - especially if their local team is lower league.

That can lead different ways. Many genuine fans will see their glamour club allegiance fade way as they concentrate on the team they go to watch in real life. Others will maintain a dual interest. Others will not be true fans and just watch their glamour club on TV while never watching football in the flesh (though some, oddly, will travel to Manchester or wherever despite having no connection with the area).

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I haven't always lived in Bristol and as a very young boy my first recollection of Football is seeing fans of crying on the telly after their team had lost. That team was Manchester. Being a compassionate sort, I developed an interest and my father even took me to a few of their games. 

Fortunately we moved as a family to Bristol and I could see Ashton Gate from my bedroom window. As I had grown up in firstly a village outside a main town and then a city with no football club, I was super excited to now have one local to me and the day after moving here I was at my first game. 

I haven't looked back since and I hope we absolutely smash Manchester.

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I keep an eye out for Spurs and have soft spots for Exeter City and Exmouth Town but I'm Bristol City.

If we ever played any of those, I'd still be behind the team from BS3.

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36 minutes ago, E.G.Red said:

Being born in London I first supported a London club. When I moved to Bristol 20 years ago I wanted a team to support and my son went with a friend to Ashton Gate and I became a City fan by default and a season ticket holder. Still a soft spot for my original team and another south London team when I lived there for a few years. NB They all have one thing in common, RED.

Orient and Charlton?

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33 minutes ago, Up The City! said:

Arsenal are pretty boring, just like you. It's a perfect match.

Thanks for that.............:sleeping:

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4 minutes ago, Juan Kerr said:

I am an unashamed ABU, though!

HA.  My second team is ABU.  I'm a lifelong fan.  I love them to bits.

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My old man supports Leeds and City. Why? Supported Leeds growing up before moving to Bristol in the late 80s and started supporting his new local club too. 

What I don't understand is people who have never lived in or born in a place where they support the team. 

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I have a soft spot for Exeter due to going to uni there. I look out for their results but wouldn't be able to name their players and I'm not a 'fan' as such.

Also, I hate to say it but I have similar feelings towards Man Utd.  When I was a kid I had no one to guide me in choosing a team. Despite living in Hotwells I supported Utd. Sorry.

Once I reached my teenage years I saw how ludicrous that was, switched to Bristol City and have never looked back.  But those early days sit deep in your soul and my earliest football memory is the Everton win over Utd in the 1995 FA Cup final...and weirdly it still hurts.

Having said all that - I 100% want us to stuff Utd in December.

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I can't support 2 English teams, I do have a team in Germany in Hertha Berlin though. The worst are the people I used to work with who told me they support 'Bristol' so therefore support both Rovers and City... 

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My Dad took me to watch rovers (not kidding) when I was 14 years old. That's why I started supporting city  :P. Up until then I had from the age of about 8 watched and followed  football via TV radio etc and decided that I would follow Spurs and would you believe Everton ?. Of course as soon as I started watching city I was hooked. John Atyeo coming to the end of his career and then getting us promoted to the old second division. Signing players like Chris Crowe, Hugh Mcilmoyle. Watching Gerry Sharpe,  Gerry Gow, John Galley and Chris Garland as I was a young kid was to me amazing. But I still look out for Spurs and Everton and still have that odd affection for those two clubs. They would never replace city though and the thought of me supporting them instead of city if they came to the gate would a 100% no.

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5 minutes ago, ExiledAjax said:

I have a soft spot for Exeter due to going to uni there. I look out for their results but wouldn't be able to name their players and I'm not a 'fan' as such.

Also, I hate to say it but I have similar feelings towards Man Utd.  When I was a kid I had no one to guide me in choosing a team. Despite living in Hotwells I supported Utd. Sorry.

Once I reached my teenage years I saw how ludicrous that was, switched to Bristol City and have never looked back.  But those early days sit deep in your soul and my earliest football memory is the Everton win over Utd in the 1995 FA Cup final...and weirdly it still hurts.

Having said all that - I 100% want us to stuff Utd in December.

For a while in my teens I was also a United 'fan' one day I found myself watching the FA Cup final against Liverpool, the one where Cantona scored the winner late on so I followed them for a few years through the glory years. 

However in 99 I was taken to my first City game and never looked back. Nothing g beats watching a live game of football in the City where you were born. Instantly I lost all interest in United.

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