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When you talk about yourself as a follower of City do you refer to yourself as a Supporter, a Fan or don’t you draw a distinction. Personally, I regard myself as a Supporter, which I define as someone who demonstrates commitment to a team or club. A Fan to me is someone who has a liking for a team or club. 

In my case I demonstrate my commitment by being a season ticket holder, attending a high percentage of away matches and being a member of the Supporters Club and Trust. I suppose I’m eligible for the Senior Reds too. However, while attendance at live matches might be the best way of showing commitment it is by no means the only way. I accept that not everyone , for a variety of reasons such as home location, family or work commitments, finance etc, can attend live games so commit in other ways. So Supporter or Fan?

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3 minutes ago, RoystonFoote'snephew said:

When you talk about yourself as a follower of City do you refer to yourself as a Supporter, a Fan or don’t you draw a distinction. Personally, I regard myself as a Supporter, which I define as someone who demonstrates commitment to a team or club. A Fan to me is someone who has a liking for a team or club. 

In my case I demonstrate my commitment by being a season ticket holder, attending a high percentage of away matches and being a member of the Supporters Club and Trust. I suppose I’m eligible for the Senior Reds too. However, while attendance at live matches might be the best way of showing commitment it is by no means the only way. I accept that not everyone , for a variety of reasons such as home location, family or work commitments, finance etc, can attend live games so commit in other ways. So Supporter or Fan?

city as **** me...…..

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I don’t differentiate but never really thought about it in those terms.

Im a fan of Bristol City so I go to games and support them.

No better or no worse than any other fan/supporter.

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I think every time you go through the turnstiles your paying money into the club (Ie) supporting them financially so I call my self a supporter. Your typical west county guy with a Man U, Liverpool shirt who never goes or has a connection with the club I would class as a fan or a ****... 

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The only thing I would say is that growing up in Bristol and supporting the team from there, I feel is an extension of who i am and where I’m from. 

The club and myself, like those before me, are representing Bristol and I want to to be proud of who I am and where I come from.

Thats not to say people from say Florida couldn’t pick and support City, I just think foitball is such a tribal and passionate game, the affiliation is different if originate from the same place as the club.

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I’m both as well but hadn’t ever thought there was a difference.

I guess if you asked someone about their favourite football club, you’d ask them who they support.

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1 hour ago, The Horse With No Name said:

isn't fan short for fanatic, which has to be better than just a supporter.

There is some debate as to whether fan is short for fanatic or fancy:

Fan

An ardent devotee, an enthusiast.

Fanaticis

a person marked by an extreme unreasoning enthusiasm, as for a cause.

Fancy

Regard a team as a likely winner.

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I think of myself as both really - agree that a supporter could be seen as a paying customer. If you get emotionally invested in the results (regardless of whether you can go or not) I'd say that's a fan.

I think the OP sees a fan as the same way I'd see someone who "follows" a team. I follow a couple of team's results and would probably cheer them on in a final - unless it was against City. I bet there are a lot of football fans that follow city but would say they are a Man U or Liverpool fan - the further north you get, the less I've come across this kind of 'fandom'.

I'll often ask people who they follow and assume they look out for a score or watch the highlights on motd, anything else & they usually qualify how much they give to their team's cause.

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A definate  :tv_horror: fan....now; prev a right supporter nut following my club everywhere.

What`s changed? grounds, atmospheres, days at the footie, proper players who gave everything, P.C, H&S and now VAR and I`ve got old and ill :ill:

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I'm a supporter of animals: I donate to the RSPCA and RSPB, but I don't own any animals.

I'm a bit of a fan of Sigourney Weaver: I have some of her films on DVD, but I don't want to be her.

As for the City: when I say 'we need to get the ball into the box more often' it's because I'm hoping to get on the end of it. To be that difference. With two left feet, and no heading ability. At fifty. From the Dolman Stand. Or from a sofa somewhere 'abroad' if we're playing away.

So whatever that is :)

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Interesting question that has always been on my mind.

I always thought a supporter was someone who watches his/her favourite team by going to the venue and paying money for the privilege. A fan doesn't financially contribute at the turnstile. 

Over here in Norn Iron, nearly everyone is a fan of either a Scottish or English team (Liverpool, Man Ure and Leeds being the bigguns) and they might attend a match once a season if fortunate. They'll buy a new shirt every year as well. I wouldn't say they're a supporter though as apart from merchandise, they're not really supporting that team financially.

Funnily enough, I'd say the biggest supported team outside of the Premier League is Yeovil Town. Their fans wear their green and white hooped shirts with pride throughout the year. There are loads of them over here (although the badge looks different)!

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A supporter is one who pays money to watch games of the club.

A fan is one who does not, but who has a liking for the club.

My opinion for what it's worth. 

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3 minutes ago, cidered abroad said:

A supporter is one who pays money to watch games of the club.

A fan is one who does not, but who has a liking for the club.

My opinion for what it's worth. 

Absolutely spot on . 

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I`d argue there`s a third category of `follower` for those who swear undying loyalty to their chosen premier league club despite having never watched them other than on TV.

Fan or supporter are pretty interchangeable IMO.

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19 minutes ago, Red Right Hand said:

I`d argue there`s a third category of `follower` for those who swear undying loyalty to their chosen premier league club despite having never watched them other than on TV.

Fan or supporter are pretty interchangeable IMO.

I think I have watched every premier league team live but seen city more times what does that make me? 

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On 23/06/2019 at 22:23, cidered abroad said:

A supporter is one who pays money to watch games of the club.

A fan is one who does not, but who has a liking for the club.

My opinion for what it's worth. 

Very succinctly put CA.

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2 minutes ago, Rudolf Hucker said:

Rich. 

too many grandkids poor, not good looking like you very poor, would say i was a loser but I watch city and have seen the odd victory. 

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On 23/06/2019 at 22:23, cidered abroad said:

A supporter is one who pays money to watch games of the club.

A fan is one who does not, but who has a liking for the club.

My opinion for what it's worth. 

Completely the opposite in my head

- a fan is a fanatic, a really committed nut (and that’s the origin of the word as far as I know)

- a supporter is milder, someone who has chosen to follow a team, but not as dedicated 

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They're the same thing. 

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On 23/06/2019 at 19:12, Robbored said:

I’m both as well but hadn’t ever thought there was a difference.

I guess if you asked someone about their favourite football club, you’d ask them who they support.

.....but what if they are just fans and not supporters?

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On 23/06/2019 at 22:23, cidered abroad said:

A supporter is one who pays money to watch games of the club.

A fan is one who does not, but who has a liking for the club.

My opinion for what it's worth. 

Exactly my take on it

To me a supporter goes to games, a fan is who Sky sports survive off

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I my mind you can be a fan if you pay to follow the team or not, but a supporter definitely attends / spends money.

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2 hours ago, sephjnr said:

I my mind you can be a fan if you pay to follow the team or not, but a supporter definitely attends / spends money.

Does that include buying a premier league shirt from Sports Direct that you wear to the pub to watch your team on Sky?

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2 hours ago, sephjnr said:

I my mind you can be a fan if you pay to follow the team or not, but a supporter definitely attends / spends money.

Hang on... I've just had a thought.

What does this make Wally of the once relevant Blue Few?

Apparently he attends games (probably when Chelsea aren't playing), but clearly he doesn't spend any money.

What category does he fall under?

And you can't say 'a very nice man, with a watch'. 😏

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11 minutes ago, Bristol Rob said:

Hang on... I've just had a thought.

What does this make Wally of the once relevant Blue Few?

Apparently he attends games (probably when Chelsea aren't playing), but clearly he doesn't spend any money.

What category does he fall under?

And you can't say 'a very nice man, with a watch'. 😏

He's a Flan (wants to have his cake and eat it)

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over the years I've been both a fan and supporter. Every game when I lived in the Bath/Bristol area and was young free and with no responsibilities. Nowadays, two Premier League Clubs are closer, (I occasionally go to St Marys), and I occasionally get to Ashton Gate. I don't really refer to myself as a "supporter" these days because I don't support the club as much as I did. I'm more a "follower" with occasional bursts of support. I don't recall the last time I turned up for a midweek game anywhere due to work commitments

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On 23/06/2019 at 18:54, sticks 1969 said:

I think every time you go through the turnstiles your paying money into the club (Ie) supporting them financially so I call my self a supporter. Your typical west county guy with a Man U, Liverpool shirt who never goes or has a connection with the club I would class as a fan or a ****... 

Definitely the second of your two options.

15 hours ago, Red Right Hand said:

I`d argue there`s a third category of `follower` for those who swear undying loyalty to their chosen premier league club despite having never watched them other than on TV.

Fan or supporter are pretty interchangeable IMO.

The term you are looking for here is a ‘Plastic ****’

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1 hour ago, Bristol Rob said:

Does that include buying a premier league shirt from Sports Direct that you wear to the pub to watch your team on Sky?

If the club got a cut from the sale yes. As It's Sweatshop Warehouse King Mike Cashley getting the majority, I question it.

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“Supporter” as a term has no connection with financial support. That’s just a misconception.

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5 hours ago, Leveller said:

“Supporter” as a term has no connection with financial support. That’s just a misconception.

And yet, your profile states you are an OTIB Supporter since you paid the subscription fee. Or you know, as you call it, financial support.

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Well, luck you... I can not even be a supporter, based on your opinion, but I can remain a fan, probably close to "fanatic" cause everytime when I see a game I'm like breaking my TV or my livescore screened display 😂😂😂

 

I think I'm good enough for Bristol City this way for a foreign one.

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Being a fan is quite easily to define someone with a lot of emotion invested in your team. This forum has a lot of genuine fans for whom a defeat on Saturday cast a huge black cloud over their weekend and beyond. I'd class myself a fan when I was a kid. Now, after45+ years I don't get overly upset or go into a sulk like I once would have.

Supporter on the other hand isn't as easily defined. As many have said if you paid to watch a home game then you are "supporting" the club financially. But support isn't  just about giving the club money. You can support a team by standing up for the team, the coach or the players, defending them in conversation or on a forum such as this.

Where we have a number of "fans" on the forum we have more "supporters". Even those who appear negative generally have the clubs best interest at heart.

I have always classed myself as an emotional and vocal supporter backing the team through thick and thin and, with the exception to Pulis, backed the manager/head coach. But regardless of the definitions I think I'm safe in saying we all love the club and always will regardless of who is custodian of it. 

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I am a super Fan ha ha. All whilst living on the other side of the world. I bought a brick and my name is on John's statue. Two tattoos. Bumper sticker on my truck. Missing mates every single game.

I have been exiled 16 years now. Until 2 seasons ago it was tuning into every game on Radio.  Getting up at 4 am some times. The service was dire,  cut outs, long periods of the game missing... Sometimes you even got Moron FC's commentary. 

Now a days I pay $180 for BCtv... Which is great but midweek games are rarely on now because of the red button. So for those games it's back to the radio. Knowing the rest of you lot are watching in glorious HD. All down to Canadian Football rights...but that's another story. 

Once the game is over looking forward to the video highlights. Listening to all the pre/post interviews. Bring a member of  Facebook's City Till I die. Bristol City Supporters Page and Bristol City Through The Years (Which is excellent!!). Reading OTIB almost daily. 

Organising family holidays where City play 3 times in a week or else it's not worth coming. Coming over twice for family events and city not playing and being thoroughly pissed off.

Fan or supporter??  Both I guess. City is a massive part of my life and I am totally CAF.

Stevo

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4 minutes ago, WayOutWest said:

I am a super Fan ha ha. All whilst living on the other side of the world. I bought a brick and my name is on John's statue. Two tattoos. Bumper sticker on my truck. Missing mates every single game.

I have been exiled 16 years now. Until 2 seasons ago it was tuning into every game on Radio.  Getting up at 4 am some times. The service was dire,  cut outs, long periods of the game missing... Sometimes you even got Moron FC's commentary. 

Now a days I pay $180 for BCtv... Which is great but midweek games are rarely on now because of the red button. So for those games it's back to the radio. Knowing the rest of you lot are watching in glorious HD. All down to Canadian Football rights...but that's another story. 

Once the game is over looking forward to the video highlights. Listening to all the pre/post interviews. Bring a member of  Facebook's City Till I die. Bristol City Supporters Page and Bristol City Through The Years (Which is excellent!!). Reading OTIB almost daily. 

Organising family holidays where City play 3 times in a week or else it's not worth coming. Coming over twice for family events and city not playing and being thoroughly pissed off.

Fan or supporter??  Both I guess. City is a massive part of my life and I am totally CAF.

Stevo

Been in a similar boat to you for some years Steve, spending a bit more time back in England now, so probably saw as many home games in the last month of this past season as I have seen in the past 3 or 4 combined.

As to the original question, no idea which tag I would have: been going on and off since 1976, had a season ticket for the past decade that rarely gets used by myself.

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