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Did You Know Any Chelsea Fan 10 Years Ago?

Hi all,

I visited Nigeria not too long ago and I popped into the

football viewing center where I used to watch the English

premiership.

To my surprise, I saw loads of Chelsea fans, many of them

with the blue jersey, speaking passionately about their

team.

I cast my mind back to about a decade ago and I can't

remember knowing any Chelsea fan.

I remeber when Glen Hoddle was their manager, before

Ruud Gullit took over. I also remeber the glorious moments

Gianfranco Zola gave them.

I then cast my mind to 1998 when Marc Overmar's goal at

Old Trafford won the league for Arsenal over Manchester

United. I remember heated arguments between me (I'm

a die hard Man Utd fan) and Arsenal fans.

There was no Chelsea fan.

What could be the reason for the turn around? Is it because

of Roman Abramovich's millions and the Jose Mourhino's

glorius era?

If it is, then that means they are not true fans.

What do you guys think? Especially the Chelsea "fans" here.

Cheers,

Akin Alabi

http://talkpremiership.blogspot.com

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The main reason why Chelsea fans are plenty is because they want to achieve together, witnessing every trophies won together. Not with those that have won in the olden days when some of their fans were not even born then.The main reason why Chelsea fans are plenty is because they want to achieve together, witnessing every trophies won together. Not with those that have won in the olden days when some of their fans were not even born then.

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Very boring thread oh.I can imagine wats it like seeking for fans.

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Boring thread.

How many people you know 4 this world

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I susupected the thread would hurt the Chelse "fans", and it did[quote][/quote]

How? It didnt hurt me because this topic has been overflogged and truth be told, you have not negated any of the statements that Man U had most of their fans in Nigeria in the 90s when they started winning.Whenever you decide to follow a team doesnt really matter.

I think all these talk about chelsea not having real fans and the like is being copied from foreign media cos all they have to talk about is rom's money and lack of "real" fans.Whatever that means.

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TRUE ABT PEEPS THEY ALL SUPPORT THE WINNING SIDE,

WELL, I LIKE GOOD SIDES AND BEAUTIFUL FOOTBALL BUT AVE ONLY HAD ONE TEAM, EVER,

TAKE A GUESS LOOK AT THE LOGO BELOW

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Well thats the way most fans are they all support the winning side when I was in University we only had Man U ,Arsenal and Real Madrid fans the other ones are very few infact I was the only Bayern Munich fan I have ever come across and I have been supporting dem since the day of Transtel football made in Germany and I have been ever since and I dont think I can support another team.

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Chelsea fan b4? Hell no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Actually knew one though, Yemi his name, all before the Roman empire, we were in University together, very near MK, (Bucks)

Milton Keynes is actually a very nice place, doesnt feel like the UK (which tends to be dreary kinda),

Plenty roundabouts YES! But not the UK feel,

Have a good weekend ALL!

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Bear man, prior to dt time which club u dey support jare?

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UP UP MANCHESTER UNITED.DOWN DOWN our BEEFERS

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@Razoor Love

Let him react first then we know what to do.

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What did you want to know?

I will send one of my girls to deal with you now?

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Hi all,

Thanks a lot for the contribution.

I susupected the thread would hurt the Chelse "fans", and it did.

No mailice. But I've found out what I wanted to know.

Cheers,

Akin Alabi

http://talkpremiership.blogspot.com

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Man U fans often apply a diffrent rule when it comes to thier clubs! It is a fact that most people support the winning team!and thre are so many many Man U fans that fall into this category. I know Many 'Man U till i die' fans that started supporting the club after the treble!

@ Akinlabi, if you really want to know that Man U is no different, you can do a researh to find out Man U's fan base Pre 93 and and after 1999, You will be surprised at your findings

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Hmm.So Chelsea fans think they are with winners.Kaydee yu wan vex abi?

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Yeah!Most people joined Man Utd coz of da trebble.Most People joined Arsenal coz of KanU and some left when he left. Bolton got fans in Nigeria coz of Jay-Jay and they disappered when he left, People just love catching in on a good thing. Chelsea got fans coz everybody loves a winner.

Just Bury this ish and i hope this be the last post.If u post anything here again,i go vex oh!

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@akola stop wastin your time. I dunno when some people want to grow up. DOES d guy need a statistic of chelsea fans 10 years ago;@ least ROTHMAN's LEAGUE used 2 show on NTA then even if DSTV was HIGH! Akola, just let the topic 'drown', remain blue!

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Chelsea's fan base is nt huge compared to Manchester United and Arsenal fans in Nigeria.Really sha when we stand your people shld try and respect cos we have been dere ever since.Most Chelsea fans left dese clubs cos Chelsea started winning and dts d most reason i dont see them as supporters you know.

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Howdy all,

wormedup, that was totally unnecessary. "Jumping off the

petronas to break my neck?" My goodness!!!

Well, I won't join issues,

To everyone else that has contributed thus far.

I took this up because of what I observed during my last visit. What

I wonder is those Chelsea fans have been football supporters

for years and they surely had team they were supporting.

I've used Chelsea as the case study because they are the

English champions and they are the rave. I would have asked

the same thing if it was Wigan or Watford.

I agree with 4play as regards infants supporting the "current"

club. They can grow to become life long supporters.

What about those who were supporting other teams in the past

but now support another. That means they will support

another team tomorrow.

Are they true fans? That's the question and the purpose

of this thread. Not to trade insults.

Fine we can have a dig at each other occassionaly but it should

be done in a matured fashion.

We all can't support the same team, and I respect other people's

positions and actions even if we disagree in principle.

Akolawole is a Chelsea fan I reckon, and his views are that

of a sound mind. So this is not a personal issue.

Back to the crux of the matter.

Such people (that criss cross due to success) are they true

fans? Are they the ones that form the base of Chelsea fans in

Nigeria?

Sond minds please?

Akin Alabi

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There are many Chelski bandwagon riders out there. Enough said !

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Commitment in the sense that they are not heart,body or soul to Chelsea.They jst love it cos dey are winning now not the history or the likes other fans love about their club.I dont know if u get dis bt feel d direction am going.

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@ Vieria

I want the guy to define it for me.

Lets leave the issue of MK for now.

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Milton Keynes is horrible.

It is a soulless town and so is Basildon.

You are the first person to say they like the place, trying living there and you'll change your tune.

MK is the only place I know that can give directions by counting the number of roundabouts!!

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If a person in his infancy adopts a team simply because they are on top,that is tolerable

I ,like Akinlabi,started supporting Man Utd in the 94/95 season partly because they had won the league in the previous 2 seasons and partly because they seemed to be the only team at the time that kept the ball on the ground in the Premiership,when most teams were playing the long ball.

At the time,I was about 13 years of age.

At around that age u are free to adopt any team u want and then most people my age supported AC Milan/Ajax .

What i think annoys most people is when full grown adults,who have been supporting a particular team for years,suddenly change and adopt another team .Someone I know,in his early 30s was a long time Arsenal supporter,now a die hard Blues fan.

Like I said,I can't begrudge a little kid who adopts Chelsea now,but a grown man,,,,,,,,

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What is your definition of commitment?

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I didnt mean it that way.I jst meant they are not as commitd as other supporters

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We(Chelsea fans) may not be FANATICS but we are happy with our club.

Gentility is not stupidity, please watch your statements.

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Chelsea is jst a yesterday club and their fans can not be as dedicated as some of us.

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Hello again,

Manu4life, your post was brilliant. Although I disagree with some points

you made, I cannot take anything away from it's brilliance.

I like this thread. We've been seeing only knowledgeable people and hope

it remains that way.

Have you all noticed that the so called Chelsea fans have not

responded?

Akolawole, you sure have a point as regards the construction allowance

between the main road and the buildings. I really marvel at it's concept.

But don't be decieved. That's probably where it ends.

What do you think?

Akin Alabi

http://talkpremiership.blogspot.com

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@akinalabi,

I think I agree with you that at least in Naija there were not many Chelsea fans(I actually only knew of one 10 years ago and he was more a Hoddle fan than anything else,he now supports Wolves).

Truth is people will support clubs for different reasons and you can't deny that they have less passion simply because they started supporting yesterday or 10 years ago.I agree however that time may be an indicator of how true that passion is.

I have this theory which generally describes the categories of football supporters.It's my view you may have yours

1.The Fan:Likes football generally and  tends to lean toward a particular team or teams because of their football,players,manager,success,etc.While someone can be a fan of football for life most club fans usually support for 1-5 years.The fan is also more likely to shift allegiance to other teams when the going gets tough.If you ask me many Chelsea fans today were probably supporting either Man U or Arsenal prior to that( or at least definitely not Chelsea).Else where were they then.

2.The Supporter:Loves football. Significantly leans towards a particular team or teams beacuse of passion built over time usually longer than the fan.This passion comes from their past successes,their football,players,etc.The difference between a supporter and a fan really is in the number of years which would give room for ups and downs(to mellow the successes),or exits(if specific players or managers was the reason for the initial support)Many Arsenal supporters got on board because of Kanu but some still remained even after he left(they have moved from being fans to supporters)

Many Man U fans came on board during the glory years of the 90s .The fans have left to other clubs(names witheld)while the supporters remain.

3.The Loyalists:In love with football,their football.They know of only one team and they will die for their team.A lot of Man U and Arsenal guys claim to be this but you may never truly know until your team has a perenial drought of trophies,begin to play very badly or maybe even move to a lower division.People who support the Nottingham Forests ,West Hams etc of this world may fall into this category.You can only be a loyalist after so many years of support usually not less than 20 for one particular team.It has nothing to do with whether you support a club that has not won a trophy(so a Bolton supporter of 5 years cannot claim to be a loyalist ) I have a friend here in Nigeria who has supported West Ham for 20 years and still does(they've only won 1 trophy in that period,been to lower rungs and back a few times)I knew of the Haywoods and Gabbidons well before they got to the prem through him. It's just love for a team which only time can build.

I think it's good to have this healthy passion.Only thing is a lot of Chelsea fans need to relax and learn their history to be more rounded supporters.There's really nothing bad in supporting a team only yesterday only thing is to try to learn some of their illustrous history even if only the very recent ones to better appreciate their team(bought for 1 pound by Ken Bates,the fantastic players over the years(wise,gullit,vialli,desailly,zola,hughes,dorigo,etc)the search for the then elusive league trophies(won FA Cups and Cup winners cup in the 90s),their continental style football even in England,etc).Then their passion will not be seen as too hollow by opposition supporters.Presently,except for a few Chelsea fans many of them just blow hot air.

WAN UNITED!

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@All

There is no current craze in Chelsea.

Up till now, United and Arsenals fans are still by far well-rooted and many than Chelsea even in Nairaland.

@Akinlabi

I think MK is.

Beside roundabout, look at the construction allowance between the main road and the buildings. Its amazing.

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@Akinlabi

That you dont know any Chelsea fans then does not necessary mean there's none.

I have friends who still support Crystal palace, Forest and Grays athletic.

Can youn imagine the one that support G.A used to support arsenal.

How is Milton Keynes? Probably the best design town in UK.

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all fans on nairaland,

did u join ur current team when they were struggling?

atleast most manutd fans joined cos of der treble, cos dy wer d best team in d 90's in england

arsenal fans joined cos of kanu (arsenal at dat time was a good team ridin high in prem) and cos of der unbeaten run.

liverpool cos dy won d champ league,

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Yes. I knew a fan in Nigeria back in those days, but u are right, chelsea fans were few and far between in Nigeria. But not here in London.

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