Category Archives: Sport

The 8 Different Types of Football Fan

BuzzFeed has had phenomenal success over the past year – so I thought I’d jump aboard the bandwagon and use its community feature to write my own guest post.

I’ve reproduced the article below but, to see it on BuzzFeed itself, click this link: .

1. The Know-it-all

Much more comfortable in his armchair than at an actual game, The Know-it-all is usually surrounded by a couple of doting minions who’ll lap up his every knowledgeable comment. The Know-it-all is surprised by nothing and will disdain those who get excited by anything happening on the pitch.

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Smugness has no place in football

2. The Corporate Fan

The Corporate Fan might attend only the big midweek games when he can get a freebie from a business partner, but that won’t put him off venturing his opinions on everything from Diego Simeone’s tactical acumen to Frank Lampard’s waistline.

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You won’t see him on a February night at Boundary Park

3. The Thug

A football match is simply an excuse for The Thug to vent his anger at the mediocrity of his everyday existence. While The Thug will pretend his vein-bursting, foul-mouthed rants at opposing fans are in support of his team, what he really wants is an old-fashioned brawl.

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Keep your distance

4. The Theatre-goer

The Theatre-goer will sit in silence, occasionally shaking his head when his team lets him down yet again. He doesn’t cheer or even celebrate after goals – the only sign he can speak is when someone in front of him stands up, when he’ll immediately shout at them to sit down.

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What do you actually enjoy about football?

5. The Ego

The Ego sees a football match as an opportunity to impress a large number of people with his puerile sense of humour and juvenile japes. Similarly to The Know-it-all, The Ego will expect appreciation from all others around him.

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We’d rather watch the game

6. The Emo

The Emo took Bill Shankly’s famous saying to heart: nothing matters more than in which net the pig’s bladder ends up on a Saturday afternoon. Even the birth of his children won’t prevent The Emo from missing a game.

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Football: more important than life and death

7. The Old Timer

The Old Timer is a pleasant old man who makes a point of shaking everyone’s hand before a game. He hasn’t missed a game since 1963 and wants his ashes scattered in the stadium when he dies.

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The Old Timer could teach Luis Suárez a thing or two

8. The Singer

A dying breed within modern football, The Singer spends every Saturday night massaging his vocal chords after their intense workout. He considers missing the warm-up a mortal sin and will abuse anyone who leaves the game before the final whistle.

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On your own

Premier League spreads out: dominance of North West and London has lessened

Norwich’s decision to reimburse fans who travelled the long road to Swansea last fortnight, only to see their team limp to a 3-0 defeat, got me thinking about the locations of clubs in the Premier League.

I remembered that, only a few years ago, hardly any clubs based outside the football heartlands of the North West and London were in the Premier League. As you can see from the map below, the concentration in these two corners of the country in the 2010-11 season was quite startling.

Premier League 2010-11 clubs' location

Note: click on the map to be taken to an interactive version.

Yet this seems to have changed of late, providing more diversity for Premier League away fans. The map below shows the locations of clubs in the 2013-14 season.

Premier League 2013-14 clubs' location

Note: click on the map to be taken to an interactive version.

The promotions of Southampton, Norwich and Hull, along with those of the two Welsh clubs, have contributed to a more diverse Premier League.

Of course, the fact that these teams have been only recently promoted means it should be no surprise that the country’s best-performing clubs remain in the North West and London. For the sake of more interesting away days, however, it is preferable to have a more even spread of clubs around the country – and, with Leicester City (of the East Midlands) already set to join the league next season, it looks like the concentration of a few years ago has gone for good.

Curation: how the F.A. Cup quarter-final draw happened

After four months on the City course, I thought it was about time I got around to doing some curation.

I chose a recent news event – Sunday’s F.A. Cup quarter-final draw – which a quick search revealed had not yet been curated into a single collection of tweets.

Official accounts promoted their clubs in the build-up:

Then the F.A.’s account added an otherwise missed detail to the discussion:

As there were only four ties to be drawn, proceedings were over quickly (Arsenal-Liverpool was yet to kick off and Sheffield United-Nottingham Forest was yet to finish):

There was some amusing reaction to the Manchester City-Wigan tie, which will be a rematch of last year’s final:

Brighton fans were excited at the prospect of welcoming Sunderland and ex-manager Gus Poyet back to the Amex:

Sheffield United soon beat Nottingham Forest to seal a place in the quarter-finals, and a possible Steel City derby against Sheffield Wednesday:

The result left Nottingham Forest fans disappointed:

Arsenal and Liverpool then played their fifth-round match for the opportunity to face Everton…

…which Arsenal won:

Roberto Martinez, the Everton manager, was immediately on hand to give his reaction:

But, as ever, Boring James Milner had the final say: