Jamie Mackie Syndrome
Last year, I identified a common feeling among lower divisions fans whereby, in the absence of anything to shout about at one’s own club, vicarious pleasure can be obtained from the feats of former heroes. I labelled this Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Syndrome.
An international break can provoke similar feelings – I wonder how many Reading fans pumped the air when Shane Long swooped to score at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday? Did Boro fans seek solace as Tarmo Kink played a blinder in Estonia’s historic 3-1 win in Serbia?
But those players at least still sport blue & white and red respectively. Taking things a stage further, I’d be willing to bet that there were more than a few Exeter City fans thrilled by Jamie Mackie making his international debut last weekend, despite his having left St. James’s Park in 2008, despite his having played for hated rivals Plymouth Argyle, despite his being as much a Devonshire man as Lionel Messi, despite Scotland failing to manage a single shot on goal and despite his being replaced by Chris Iwelumo on the night. Hence, we have Jamie Mackie Syndrome – a rare condition even among desperate football fans.