Who would you support if your club went under?
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.