I wrote this shortly after Sir Alex announced his retirement a year ago, but I never did hit publish. In light of today’s news about David Moyes, this piece feels especially apt.
Just like that Sir Alex Ferguson has retired. And a million voices did cry out in terror. 659 million fans to be exact.
Football fandom is a weird beast. I grew up 6800 miles from Manchester. Why should I even care what goes on there?
Humans are complex social creatures. The random bonding with strangers for 90 minutes. The shared emotions that come with winning and losing. The sense of purpose that comes with weekly matches. We are, by evolution, tribal and competitive by nature. Club support feeds those instincts.
So how does one decide which club to support? Apart from the obvious reasons like geographic location or family tradition, I dare say it’s because we find aspects of the club that we resonate...
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