It’s been roughly one and a half Football seasons since I started actively using Twitter. I say ‘seasons’ because that’s how I live my life… by Football seasons and not by years. Since I’ve started tweeting, I’ve been following fellow Football fans and after a while they started following me back. Now, as most of you will know, with any match-day, Twitter is alive with banter and chirps from all football fans; whether your team is playing on the day or not, you tend to get dragged into it.
For a while now I’ve noticed some trends among fans from certain teams. Maybe ‘trends’ is the wrong word… I’ve noticed some similarities amongst fans from certain teams. To prove what I’m trying to get at, I will now attempt to share my views of some teams’ fans on Twitter. And before you crucify me: There are obviously exceptions to every rule, but if the shoe fits….
Disclaimer: I am an avid Chelsea fan. I am trying to write this as unbiased as possible.
United fans are a tricky bunch to be honest. When under attack, they have a very good comeback most of the time. Their club’s success under Alex Ferguson and Howard Webb has been well documented and when pushed into a corner in a argument, they will simply end it off with a sentence that contain the words “19 Titles”. This is often their only way out and they are not afraid to use it. They are the type of people that will call for John Terry’s head as England Captain after he slept with Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend but when Ryan Giggs sleeps with his BROTHER’s wife…they are willing to look the other way.
All in all, not a bad bunch. Never criticize Sir Alex, Giggs or Scholes and you should get along with them. If you feel you have to take a swipe at their players, Michael Carrick is a safe option as most of them don’t like him anyway.
Easily the most hated bunch of fans around… something that they are actually proud of. Most of them aren’t old enough to remember the last time they won the league yet they are more than willing to act like they won it last season. Liverpool fans do not take criticism well… if you were to say something like “Steven Gerrard had a bit of a shocker last night hey?” they hear something completely different. They hear something to the tune of “Steven Gerrard is bloody useless hey? He’s always been your worst player and you should have sold him years ago.”
When you direct the slightest bit of negativity towards a Liverpool fan, they will take it up personally and most probably never speak to you again. Rest assured though because next year is inevitably Liverpool’s year!
Chelsea fans can be split into two groups: pre and post Abramovich. The post-Abramovich fans are the ones you should try and avoid. Generally they won’t know much about Football or their club itself. Some have taken some time and effort of getting to know past players to the likes of Hernan Crespo and Claude Makelele but when asked about Tore Andre Flo, they will likely respond with something like: “Andre Flo? Must be Andre3000 and Flo Rida’s new project.”
The pre-Abramovich fans are more palatable though. They will generally have good insight into the game. Pre-Abramovich fans probably won’t be a fan of their new owner due to his sacking of managers and interfering with transfers. Having said that, they are still extremely grateful for the silverware he has brought (read: bought) to the club.
To Chelsea fans, Luis Suarez is a racist… but John Terry is most certainly not.
The ‘Gooners’ as they are called, currently live in a state of limbo. They haven’t really won anything in years, their manager’s entire Youth Development Transfer Policy Thingy has fallen to pieces and it really seems that they have started feeling sorry for themselves. Players leave Arsenal for money and not because they can actually win some silverware somewhere else. They’ve become content with finishing anywhere in the top 4 and progressing from the group stages in Europe is more than good enough. One thing they will argue to death though is playing attractive football, something that they ‘started’ in the English game. Gooners tend to just agree with any statement that gets thrown their way, making proper banter almost impossible. Their lack of credible comebacks ruin any chance of a decent argument.
After a win, Arsene Wenger is the best thing since the introduction of UEFA’s goal-line officials but when Arsenal loses, they will all gladly crucify him.
Not many of them around, but Spurs fans are a lovely bunch. They enjoy every bit of success that comes their way. Humble and down to earth! Despite being kicked out of their Champions League spot by London rivals Chelsea, most of them still sincerely congratulated the Blues on their Champions League win. Sometimes it feels that Spurs fans are London fans rather, more than happy when any team from the capital get a result.
Even though Harry Redknapp is an illiterate alcoholic, Spurs fans will forever be grateful for his wonderful work at the club.
Real Madrid and Barcelona:
Convinced that their team is the best club in the world. They don’t bother watching English Football because it’s boring and we all know there’s no talent in England. Despite only having two teams capable of winning La Liga, they firmly believe the Spanish League is the best and most entertaining in the world. The only thing that’s sets these fans apart is some of them like Madrid and the others like Barcelona.
Never enter into an argument about Messi vs Ronaldo with these fans. There can be no winner. You’ve got a better chance of converting the Pope into a Muslim.
So, that’s my take on Football Fans on Twitter. I would love to hear what you have to say about this, so please leave your comment below. Also, share this post with other Football fans and let’s continue the banter we love so much! Follow us on Twitter @thePunditsSA
Written for The Pundits by @thatWallace