Was The Brotherhood Of Fans A Figment Of My Imagination After All?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. Jertzee says:

    Nice article.
    I thought I was in a miniscule minority in thinking pretty much as you do.

    I ,too, often think there is some mutual belongingness amongst football fans, particularly when they are displaying obvious signs of their support of their club.

    But , as you found out, it doesn’t always work out.
    A few weeks back, venturing to Bristol to see Wimbledon at Rovers, my daughter and I bumped into a coach load of Gillingham fans on their way to Cheltenham.

    A quick hello to a small group and a short conversation about Danny Kedwell and promotion chances left everyone feeling a bit more chipper than before.

    On other occassions, normally post match, you get the same reaction as that of the Plymouth fan.

    Worst stilll is when you realise you’ve just spoken to the “nutter on the bus” as the other fans snigger at you for engaging with their team’s loony.

    But to me, all those conversations are worth it, except when they ask “and who do you support?” and I get the WRONG response to my answer.

    When my reply of “Wimbledon” is met by “Oh yes, Milton Keynes, they’re doing rather well in their nice new, big stadium, aren’t they? You must be really pleased”, I usually have to count to 10 to prevent me from an outburst that would probably result in police intervention.

    By now they have seen the error of their ways, and a quick, abrupt “There is only ONE team ccalled Wimbledon!” is usually enough for them to scutter away, leaving me to question the “Brotherhood”

  2. chestnut grove says:

    What does irritatingly “liberal” mean? Surely liberal with a small l is something to be aspired to by all and I’m yet to find a definition to contradict this. If the Guardian is politically liberal, though I often doubt it when it comes to Liberal with a capital L, then how is this manifest in it’s sports journalism unless of course unearthing stories nobody else covers is irritatingly liberal

  3. Dr Bob says:

    Slorry mate, but not lnowing Plymouth and Carlisle play in different divisions is such an elementary mistake. Maybe he thought you were trying to get into the Brotherhood?

  4. Dr Bob says:

    Oops – I can type. Really.

  5. Sean says:

    I find it odd how you’ve had so many positive experiences chatting with other fans down the years, but choose to allow your view of the world to be affected by two isolated incidents.

    The ‘Brotherhood’ you speak of, or what I’d say is a shared understanding, does exist with fans and I commend you for enjoying it so. Just always bear in mind that, occasionally, some people are complete bellends.

  6. John says:

    People aren’t obliged to have a conversation with you if they don’t want to, regardless of if they are a football supporter or not. If people you don’t know want you to leave them alone you have no reason to feel affronted.

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