Who would you support if your club went under?

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

My fellow blogger Ben drew my attention to this wonderful, but heart rending piece from Sabotage Times, charting a Scarborough fan’s reminiscences prior to the club going bust in 2007.
Of course Pompey were no more likely to go under than Fort Knox, but the article highlights a question that will have crossed the minds of their more credulous fans over the past week: who would you switch your allegiance to if your club folded?
The author of the lament, Neil Grayson, chose Barnet as an alternative which might well be my own choice – it’s also my own local league club, even if the Tory council’s antics provoke a wish to dissociate oneself from the place.
I would survey my options; although my only prerequisite would be that one shouldn’t opt for a level of football (and certainly not pay money) if you could feasibly do better yourself. Having represented Holyport FC in the past (albeit when the Maidenhead based side were several rungs below in the non-league Pyramid), the Hellenic League and under would be impossible for me, no matter how real the experience.
So Barnet it would probably be, with hesitation over whether it should be Leyton Orient (my most local non-league team, Hendon, are now exiled in comparatively distant Sudbury. As Neil says though – you do have to support someone.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham (pen name: Lanterne Rouge) is co-founder of the defiantly non-partisan football league blog, The Two Unfortunates, a website that occasionally strays into covering issues of wider importance. He's 47 and lives in Oxford while retaining his boyhood support of Reading FC. He tweets as @twounfortunates and has written for a number of websites and publications including The Football Attic, The Inside Left, When Saturday Comes, In Bed with Maradona, Futbolgrad and The Blizzard as well as being nominated for the Football Supporters' Federation Blogger of the Year Award in 2013.

8 Comments

  1. Frank Heaven
    October 29, 2010

    I already have a non-league team in Worcester City – though their existence is threatened by another tragic tale of football club mismanagement.

    But another league team would, given where I live, have to be in London.

    A few friends of mine have some affection for Brentford. I could be persuaded to stroll along to Griffin Park but for their delusion that they are a Championship level club: seats awkwardly bolted on to what used to be a very good terrace; and £20 admission.

    The lower league club that builds a good terrace and charges £10 to get in would attract hordes of floating/disillusioned football fans.

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  2. Stanley
    October 29, 2010

    My dilemma would be complicated by the fact that I already support my most local League side. Despite my localist principles, I just couldn't follow the next closest – Charlton – even if my dad would be glad of the company. I am lucky enough to live in an area with a large concentration of non-league clubs, and an infrequent patron of most. So, discounting the possibility of a version of Millwall being resurrected on one of the few remaining patches of grass in Bermondsey, I'd probably float between the terraces at Bromley, Dulwich Hamlet, Fisher and Welling, with intermittent League games.

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  3. Frank Heaven
    October 30, 2010

    Haven't Fisher disappeared? Always thought it was a cracking little ground, the Surrey Docks Stadium, presumably London's (now defunct) most central non-league football venue?

    On that note, it's a shame the old Dulwich Hamlet ground has been replaced by a Sainsburys.

    I hope Bromley and Welling don't go the same way.

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  4. Stanley
    October 30, 2010

    Fisher Athletic did indeed bite the dust, but there's now a supporter-run club – Fisher FC – playing in the Kent League (www.fisher.fc.co.uk). Surrey Docks Stadium was a grand non-league stage, but it suffered the consequences of the 'Docklands' property boom of the 1980s-90s. They're still tenants at Dulwich. Welling are in a bit of trouble at the moment. A lot of my early football memories are bound up with the crumbling terraces of Park View Road, so it would be a terrible shame to see them go under.

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  5. scarf
    November 1, 2010

    I would support AFC Stockport County. Simple as that.

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  6. Lanterne Rouge
    November 1, 2010

    I don't think there's an AFC Scarborough though Scarfie?

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  7. scarf
    November 3, 2010

    Yes there is – Scarborough Athletic FC – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarborough_Athletic_F.C.

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  8. Lanterne Rouge
    November 3, 2010

    I said there's no AFC Scarborough, not Scarborough AFC! Sorry to be flippant and pedantic (he says, admitting to not checking his facts)

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