Apparently, according to this guy, I don’t have any business supporting English football clubs. Rubbish. I’ve been supporting United since I was 12 (1993). Yes, they had just won their first Premier League and I was probably influenced by that (and mainly my mate Mattie). Do I however, consider myself a lesser being because I don’t support a League of Ireland club? God no, and why should I? I respect the fans of Shels, Bohs, Pats, Galway United, Drogheda etc and I can understand their point about people supporting foreign teams. They travel up and down the country each week and get out on the terraces. Fair play lads.
What I won’t be though is a poster boy for what Mark considers to be people who “support” English clubs. I’ve been to Old Trafford once (not the required twice according to Mark) and I’m going again in August for Solskjaer’s testimonial. I’m a member of the Independent Manchester United Supporters Trust having bought shares prior to the Glazer takeover. I’m a member of United’s own supporters club. I buy the jerseys, follow the team news and had a hell of a nail-biting night watching the Champions League final. I can’t tell you why I don’t support a League of Ireland club, my grandad (who lived in Cabra West was a Bohs fan) went regularly to games but I don’t. I fell in love with a club across the water in 1993 and I’m fucked if I’m going to apologise for it.