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What Makes a Loyal Fan?

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Written by Lauren Coupe.

I love football fans. Their football club is a big part of their life, they show passion like no other when it comes to their club, some often putting their club before their wives or husbands. But what I want to know is just how far would you go to watch your team play? How much would you pay? How far away do you live from your beloved club?

There are those supporters who would rather just sit at home and watch the match on the tv instead of following their team around and some people do question them as being a ‘real fan’.  I personally wouldn’t say someone isn’t a real fan just because they can’t go and watch their team, as for one – it’s hardly cheap, and gone are the days when everyone supports their local team, with some people living miles away from their beloved club to actually be able to travel there week in week out.

I have put together an interview I did with my online friend Debs, who is in fact a Tottenham Hotspur supporter.  I wanted to know how many times she goes to watch Tottenham play, how far she travels and how long she has been a dedicated supporter, as i was curious as to how loyal some fans are.

Q: How long have you been a Tottenham Hotspur supporter?

A: I have been a Tottenham supporter since I was four years old.  This was the time we were winning trophies on a regular basis and i used to watch it on the TV.

Q: How far (roughly) do you travel to see them play?

A: I have been to see them in the Czech Republic and in Poland for previous Euro games.  I travel from greater Manchester to White Hart Lane – which takes me approximately 3 hours.

Q: Do you also travel to the away games?

A: Yes, most of the north-west games.

Q: What form of transport do you use for travelling and is it costly?

A: Car mainly, and it is costly, but I can manage!

Q:Who do you travel with?

A: Mainly my husband and some friends

Q: And finally, what was the best Spurs match you went to see?

A: Too many to mention! Obviously the Manchester City game at Eastlands and the Arsenal and Chelsea games are always good.

I would like to thank Debs for offering to be interviewed.  It has still left me questioning as to if fans that travel to see their team play are more loyal than the armchair fans.  What do our football supporters think?



  1. spur1950

    August 11, 2010 at 11:39 am

    there is a massive amount of fans that a loyal to their clubs even lose their jobs over it, dont know what defines loyalty, trouble is at the end of the day are you happy supporting that team And also being part of a big like family .
    ALL my mates i have known for 20-30yrs sort of grown up with every body ,thats what probably keeps me going.
    Because the actual club/players dont give a damn generally speaking especially premiership clubs
    Also went to middleboroback in the 70S mid week game on my own and was banned from driving
    Stupid,pig headed or loyal or all 3

  2. BrizzleSpur

    August 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I think that the only person who can judge your loyalty is yourself.
    Its one thing to love your club, but if it manifests into an obsessive distraction from reality, then your not a fan. . .
    You’re a mentalist.
    I think the best term is ‘Supporter’.
    Buy a shirt, a mug, keep up to date with ‘goings on’ and attend as many games as you can.

  3. spursniqqa

    August 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

    well ilive in new zealand and i support tottenham, dnt knw why? lol =P jst lyk the club and players, so i cnt travel to all the games, but i wld love to watch them play at WHL sumtyme, i believe im a loyal fan, i defend spurs at school lol, people at my school say were worst then everton and villa and liverpool, but i say nah, i am arrogant and say we’ll beat everyone and win trophies, but haeyy cn u blame me? ahaha COYS

  4. chasndave

    August 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Someone who supports Reading!

  5. Paul

    August 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I have supported spurs since forever but I’ve just moved out to Malaysia for 3 years with work. I went to every home game for the last 9 years and some away games on top…. I love Spurs. There were 2 cons to moving out here, family and seeing spurs each week. I dont believe, however, that a real fan is someone who goes to every game, it’s very expensive these days. I believe a real fan is someone who, no matter where they are in the world or what they’re doing or what time it is, knows who and when they’re playing next and will take any steps necessary to find out the score. My mate taught me that and he has been going week in, week out for 26 years..! The first thing i did when i got here was make sure i had access to every possible sports channel that may show the games next season…. If i watch as many games as possible, I’ll be a lot happier…, lose or draw!!! COYS

  6. LaurenC

    August 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    nice reply, Paul 🙂

  7. mitchspurs

    August 11, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I live in derby i have supported tottenham since i was 7 when i 1st started getting into football and understood what was happening. all my mates grew up supporting liverpool as i grew up in the 80s and liverpool were wining everything. I dont know why i choose spurs it was something about the way they played, i was obsessed with waddle, hoddle and clive allen. i had the kits bought for me most season, and always got ripped by the liverpool fans my mates for having it. ive been to white hart lane twice in my whole life, and really enjoyed going but now i have kids and my time is taken up by them at the weekend. if i could afford to travel down every week then i would, i keep up to date with everything tottenham do, i watch as much off spurs as i can, and i hate arsenal – i think i am i loyal fan. its tottenham all the way with me always has been always will be

  8. col

    August 11, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I was born in may 1961,there has never been any other club i was remotely interested in,coming originally from North London and now living in Norwich.Have seen the highs and lows and travelled all over UK and Europe over the last 40 odd years my support has never wavered even if i have felt certain players,managers,chairmen etc have let us down at times.My son and grandson are Spurs through and through and the thrill of taking my step daughter to the lane last weekend for the Fiorentina game and teaching her the songs especially the stand up if you hate Arsenal she loved every minute of it.Its easy to support a team doing well but there are bad times to contend with as well and i love the way Spurs do it with their own money [not a richmans toy club] and with lots of English/British players not like the unmentionables.

  9. armourysquare

    August 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    look, i know of a guy who changed his clubs because the club he supported got knocked out of the ucl in a very embarassing way…what do u call him?


    Also, one of my friends brothers supports two rival clubs in the same league, and when they face each other, he supports the better team…what do u call him?

    So, what exactly is a loyal fan…i yet can’t answer that…

  10. LaurenC

    August 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I think it is acceptable to support a local team, and a PL team.

    I follow Notts Forest as well as Tottenham because they are my local team. For me, that’s acceptable.

    Going from one rival to another rival though? That’s just weird in my book.

  11. Minal Vachheta

    August 11, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I think a loyal fan is one who sticks with their team through thick and thin, however each person has their own individual feelings and people do change teams.

    I don’t think anyone can really judge whether someone is a loyal fan or not because only the certain individual knows if they are loyal and what their reasons are.

    Therefore I believe the only person that can judge whether or not someone if a loyal fan is the person themselves because only they truly know how they feel towards a team.

  12. col

    August 11, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    As i said earlier i now live in Norwich and i look out for Norwich,s progress and scores and sometimes i go with a season ticket holder and see Norwich play.I cant explain but although i am pleased to see Norwich play well even win it just does,nt feel the same,or set the pulse racing or fill the void like when i see the Spurs play,its a feeling of belonging to something very special almost a kinship with other Spurs fans.When Spurs played Norwich in a pre season friendly i stood with the Spurs fans and was as vocal as any whenever we scored wich we did many times and i only have good things to say about Norwich City.In the early 1980s i was in the number of Spurs fans who travelled to see Spurs play Hajduk Split it was one of those experiences you never forget.My son went to work nearly having lost his voice after we beat the scum 5-1 what a memorable night and did we do some beer,next day at work the gobby gooners that had been predicting a big win to them were hiding in the toilets all day so we played the soundtrack of the game under the toilet doors to them.My boss who is a big Spurs fan allowed us the whole day to give them as much shit as possible and did it himself happy days,more to come i hope and pray.

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