Originally Posted by Lady Spangles
I really am from Liverpool and, if I must support a team, it'd be Liverpool.
However, I feel compelled to point out this is not just an Ireland thing. My older brother travelled around Thailand back in the late 90s and when he got back he was moaning about kids over there all supporting Manchester United and banging on to him about David Beckham (playing for Man U at that time). I have a friend who was born and raised in Norway and her and her whole family are Liverpool supporters. I have no idea why, but there it is. I remember my Dad saying once that, back in the 70s, Nottingham Forest was the team non-English people always seemed to support. These teams are inexplicably huge.
Nobody is denying that it happens all over the world, the Irish are just the worst for it while simultaneously calling themselves the best fans in the world and moaning about Irish football going backwards (newsflash that's happening because domestic football here is completely ignored and laughed at when they raise these issues I.e. Delaney). 800,000 foreigners go to EPL games, 120,000+ of these are Irish, 90,000 Norwegian, next country is on 50,000. The difference is the Norwegians also get 50,000 a week on average at the domestic games though, we're lucky to get into the teens. Standard isn't a factor here as Rovers have shown the past week so what's the issue? Norway population is only a couple hundred thousand more than ours so that's not it either. Its a simple one, we're far from the best fans in the world, we're among the worst and that's the inconvenient truth