What Makes A Real Fan? A Mailbox Special

Prompted by one reader's lament that he had to leave his house before mid-day (yes mid-day!), we bring you the man who has to set off a month in advance and the man who never leaves home at all...

Last Updated: 19/01/06 at 19:41

Prompted by one reader's lament that he had to leave his house before mid-day (yes mid-day!), we bring you the man who has to set off a month in advance and the man who never leaves home at all...

Corn Blimey
So Richard Ruston from Southampton has 'to leave his flat before midday' to make a 3pm kick-off at White Hart Lane? He doesn't know he's born.

To me, a big part of being a supporter is the walk to the ground - the atmosphere, the anticipation. As I'm a Coventry City fan and I live in Cornwall, that's a fair step. I have to leave home before midday on the Wednesday for a Saturday kick-off. So don't come whining to me.
Elliot Ness, Redruth


Barnyard Fun

All this debate about whether you can still be called a 'real fan' if you don't travel to the game makes me laugh. I'm from Yorkshire, and I've been going to Oakwell to watch Barnsley in every home game since 1956. And I'm a Rotherham fan. I can't stand Barnsley. We don't watch football for fun in Yorkshire, I can tell you.
Pete Halfpenny, Rotherham


Dead Dad Hammer Blow
My dad went to every single Newcastle home game, Gallowgate End, since the Seventies. (Apart from when they were rubbish in the Eighties and in Div Two etc, etc, obviously). He died three years ago this March, and hasn't been near St James' since. Part-timer.
Mick, Gateshead


Who's Surrey Now?

As a Manchester United fan, obviously it's not really practical for me to actually travel to Old Trafford. And to be totally honest, now that we aren't so good these days, the incentive's even less. However, I have found quite a practical solution.

When United are playing at home, I support them, but without going to the ground. When Chelsea - who are, let's face it, significantly better - are at home, I support them, but again without going to the ground. This way, it's a home game more or less every weekend, and I don't have to worry about not travelling, which could be construed as being disloyal to the other team.

If they both have away games, I support the New York Yankees.
Craig Jackson, Guildford


He Must Be Caracas

I live in Venezuela and have to leave the house before midday roughly a month in advance so I can get to Highbury in time for a 3pm kick-off. Given my chosen profession (goat herder), it's a strain financially. Not to say time-wise. Then again, the swim over is refreshing. But the move to the new ground? Forget it. Drayton Park, my arse.
Miguel Silva, Venezuela


Question Time

What's a '3pm kick-off'?
Martin Newfan, Sky TV, Isleworth


Someday, A Change Is Gonna Come

Every Saturday, I put on my Chelsea kit, haul my arse over to Stamford Bridge, get in the ground in plenty of time, take my usual seat next to all the lads and watch the action unfold for 90 minutes. One day, Mr Mourinho says I might even get to play a bit.
Shaun, Chelsea

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