Hello there. Hope you’re feeling well today.Last Saturday there was a Yes For Independence march held in Dumfries. And amongst the groups marching was one called English For Yes. What Twitter noticed and commented upon was a guy in that particular demonstration who wore an England football shirt. Basically the comments that were mocking him were in essence that here was a guy with split loyalties.
So let me be clear here. I’m with that guy. And the reason I’m with that guy is quite simple.
Football is different.
As anybody who supports a football team will tell you that supporting a team is not the same as supporting your local supermarket. When you ally yourself to a team you do so for life, not just for Christmas. So should you move away from that team you don’t say, “well I might as well support the nearest club now”. No you stick with the team that you have invested blood, sweat, tears and some money following.
After all I currently live near Cardiff City who will be playing in the Premier League next season and whilst (like Swansea and Newport) I genuinely wish them well I’m not going to suddenly start wearing a blue shirt, doing the Ayatollah and shouting “Bluebirds! Bluebirds!” all over the place. No the one time I intend to go to the City Stadium is to watch (quietly, I live nearby!) West ham beating them.
And that is equally the same nationally. I’ve supported England all my life and nothing changes now. I believe that Wales should be an independent nation and have no problem proclaiming my support for that. But as any fan will tell you the first rule of sports fandom is that once you have committed to a team that’s it. You change your allegiance then you’ve broken the law…..it’s a fact.
In fact my problem for this World Cup is going to be quite different. Normally due to my family background I would support England until they get knocked out after which I’d follow Italy. But this time Italy failed to qualify for the tournament in the first place.
Now that is a problem.
Until the next time.