My Second Team: Swansea City

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in My Second Team | No Comments
My Second Team: Swansea City

For the fifth post in our burgeoning ‘My Second Team’ series, Alex Quayle compares the regard he holds for Manchester City with his new affection for Swansea City in the wake of two meetings between the clubs in the space of a week. Alex can be followed on twitter at @MisterQuayle.

In the 2011 Championship Playoff Final, as Reading scored their second goal of their comeback to …

My Second Team: Eastbourne Borough

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in My Second Team | 2 Comments
My Second Team: Eastbourne Borough

Idon’t think that I am the only football fan to struggle with the post 1992 world of the Premier League. The richer football at the top domestic level has become the harder it has been to reconcile with my own personal values and there has been a constant tension. Some might suggest that this is mostly sour grapes that my own club has not coped well with the new …

My Second Team: Leeds United

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in My Second Team | One Comment
My Second Team: Leeds United

I first attended a football match at Elm Park, Reading in October 1976. Amid a torrential downpour, the home side thumped local-ish rivals Swindon Town 4-1, with Robin Friday, one of the most immortalised players in lower league history turning out for the Royals on the day.

So far, so impeccable – a club’s original home, a cult hero, a derby victory of sorts – and all before ‘modern football’ …

My Second Team: Huddersfield Town

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in My Second Team | 7 Comments
My Second Team: Huddersfield Town

I was born in York. The house I grew up in was a ten-minute walk from Bootham Crescent. I went to school in York while Liverpool were the glamour side of the time and Manchester United hadn’t won anything in donkeys years. Both had their charms, of course, and came with peer pressure but Bootham Crescent was where I got my first taste of live football and where I keep …

My Second Team: Bohemians 1905

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in My Second Team | No Comments
My Second Team: Bohemians 1905

For a new series on The Two Unfortunates, we asked a range of regular and new contributors to provide their testimonies of supporting a ‘second’ or ‘other’ team. On first glance, such behaviour might seem to denote the epitome of glory hunting plasticity and a Janus-like tendency to hedge one’s bets in the most cynical way possible. However, the truth is that personal circumstances – a change of …

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