There are many things that can bring together like minded people at university. Shared interests and passions can be the framework for our friendships and who we choose to socialise with. For myself, it was always finding friends who shared my passion for football. It’s not just the love of the game. It is also the sense of community that football brings which makes it perfect when trying to establish a social circle at University. However, one thing that always surprises me when I engage in some good old football chat is how many students don’t support their local team. For me, this has always been a bit of a thorny issue.
I would never suggest that students are coerced into supporting their local team. There are plenty of other reasons why people support certain clubs. Family is often the main reason. Of course I fully understand that families do not always stay in the location of their chosen club forever and I would never suggest that they should abandon their team.
I myself moved away from the city of my local team last year, but could never dream of supporting anyone else. In spite of this, the reasoning behind why certain individuals don’t support their local team goes well beyond family and, I’ll be honest, I can’t understand it.