Jamie Mackie Syndrome

Posted by on Oct 12, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

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.

Rob Langham
Rob Langham 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 50 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 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.

1 Comment

  1. mirkobolesan
    October 13, 2010

    As a Cardiff City supporter I should be delighted about the debuts of both Cameron Jerome and Roger Johnson as England internationals. However, it appears that England's selection policy isn't often based upon how well you play.

    I must admit, I was delighted when Josh Magennis made two appearances for Northern Ireland as a centre forward after his move to Abderdeen, especially as he once appeared as a substitute goalkeeper for Cardiff:


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