UK time is: 18:09:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Why Is It A Crime To Change Your Allegiance?

There's definitely two sides of the fence in regards to voting with your feet and not attending matches in one camp, (in the hope of knocking some sense into the powers that be), versus withholding support which will be of further detriment to the club when it needs that support most.

Within the latter camp there also seems from some of its members to be a suggestion that not supporting the team through thick and thin makes you a lesser fan, whereas in camp one the suggestion that by continuing to fund/attend matches enables the status quo to continue and in the long term harms the club.

Personally, I've voted with my feet.

Unlike some, I wasn't introduced to football by my dad, relative or friend. I picked my team aged about 7 or 8, attended the odd match here and there before becoming a regular under my own steam in my latter teens.

In a sense it isn't 'in my blood' like some. I wasn't given the talk from my dad, that his dad had given him. I was never told to support your team whatever their circumstances - that it was akin to a crime to change clubs.

With my uncles and other family scattered around the globe (South Africa, Canada, California, London, Nottingham), they didn't influence me in any way shape or form, though, through my footballing life I have learned many of those 'lessons' independantly.

The closest I came to these kind of 'passed down values' was politically. My mum and dad not originally coming from these shores were bought up favouring the right in a 2 party system where the left was very socialist.

Some 50 years on they continue to vote conservative irrespective of whether they have any idea of what the policies are for either/any party...my dad voted right, his dad voted right...and we've always voted right and continue to do so, are pretty much comments you would hear from them.

I have absolutely no qualms changing my political allegiences. I've also in the past not voted either, and if you were to equate this to a football analogy it would be like saying I've started supporting another club/voted with my feet.

I remember some while back posting that there are some fans that use football to almost create an identity for themselves, often attending all matches (european away, reserves, youth etc), 'I was there when there was 3 fans and a dog when we played Tinpot Utd in the old Southern League days' because by not doing so it makes them a lesser fan and being a 'better fan than you' is more important than actually loving the experience of being a fan and loving the game.

I got both barrels from Glensider on that one before one of his sons in law could see the point I was making and he accepted that there were some fans like that.

At no point did I suggest that ALL fans willing to watch every match at every level were like this. For many they truly love everything Aston Villa and would happily watch 11 shirts hanging on a line to dry.

Brain experts say by the age of 35, that 95% of everything we do is an unconscious habit, and only with a lot of concerted conscious effort to change are we able break those habits.

By voting with my feet this season, and having considered doing so half way through MON's tenure, and not very much enjoyed last year either, I believe the habit of supporting the club irrespective of the circumstances has been fully broken.

I'm not saying I don't support the club, just that I believe my consciousness has been awaken and no longer do I think like a Catholic that considers the Pope to be infallable.

Whilst I could never consider supporting another club, I do question why it's only football that scorns people changing their allegience.

Would they scorn floating voters or people changing religion and would it be considered politically incorrect to scorn someone who had changed their sexual preference, so why football?

-----

It's certainly started an interesting debate on the forum Click Here.

Vital Villa on: facebook

Vital Villa on: twitter

Join Vital Villa

It's easy to REGISTER, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: upthevilla Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 17 2012

Time: 8:00AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Stats: Arsenal v Aston Villa (Sunday February 1 2015)

2021 (Friday January 30 2015)

Something For The Weekend (480) (Friday January 30 2015)

Drennan Departs Aston Villa (Friday January 30 2015)

Grealish, Alli, Arsenal & Chelsea (Friday January 30 2015)

Sinclair Signs Season Long Loan Deal (Friday January 30 2015)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Crystal Palace 23 5 8 10 -9 23
14. Sunderland 23 4 11 8 -12 23
15. WBA 23 5 7 11 -12 22
16. Aston Villa 23 5 7 11 -19 22
17. Burnley 23 4 8 11 -17 20
18. Hull City 23 4 7 12 -13 19
19. Q.P.R. 23 5 4 14 -18 19

Breaking League News

Fewest Goals, Worst Goal Difference, We'll Be Fine
Aston Villa : 01/02/2015 18:05:00
No Smoke Without Fire For Santon
Newcastle : 01/02/2015 17:59:00
Southampton : 01/02/2015 17:59:00
Stagnant NUFC Almost There
Newcastle : 01/02/2015 17:33:00
Salah Heading to Fiorentina
Chelsea : 01/02/2015 16:11:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Arsenal (cough) MotM
Suggested By:  MF - We Go Again
Guzan 7%
Hutton 3%
Okore 0%
Clark 7%
Richardson 0%
Cleverley 0%
Delph 3%
Sanchez 0%
Gil 77%
Benteke 0%
Weimann 0%
Sub - Agbonlahor 0%
Sub - Sinclair 0%
Sub - Westwood 3%