Confession Box: Have you ever cheered for a rival club?By: Rob | April 20th, 2009
So Sunday saw Everton beat Manchester United on penalties, and progressing to the FA Cup final. As Phil Jagielka struck his penalty, it struck me that it was an odd game for Liverpool fans to be watching – thier inter-city rivals with thier big historical rivals, did they just not care about the game, or did they fall on one side or the other.
So I called up a Liverpool supporting friend of mine, and asked. He admitted, somewhat sheepishly that he was really rooting for Everton. “I hate them” he explained, “but I hate Man United alot more”. I had wondered if it was just him – but it seems from the internet, most Liverpool fans would have preferred and Everton victory, and not only that, but some were really supporting The Toffees.
So my question to all you Offsiders is, have you ever cheered for a rival club? And why? Is it ever acceptable?
There was the problem that Arsenal fans had a few years ago, where Man United played Spurs on the last day – and if Spurs won, Arsenal would take the title. I’m sure a few Arsenal fans wished well of Spurs that day.
Is that the only time its allowed, when it directly helps your club?
I’m not sure where I stand. For those not in the know, I support Bristol Rovers, of League One, and so our direct rivals are Bristol City of the Championship. I haven’t ever directly cheered them on, but because they’re in a different league to us, I’m not too bothered if they do ok. Last season they reached the play off final, and if they had beaten Hull, they’d have been in the Premier League. I could see the benefits to them being there – we’re a big city not to have one top-flight club, and we’d have more chance of having a game at a World Cup if England ever held one and so on, so in that sense it’d be nice, but I couldn’t actually cheer them on, because well, I just don’t like them.