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I'm going to be starting a masters program at UCL next year. I've followed the EPL pretty casually for the last few years -- enough to be vaguely familiar with the larger clubs. I love sports in the US... and one thing that really excites me about spending a year in the UK will be immersing myself in your football culture to whatever extent I'll be able to.

I'm not going to choose a club to "support" from afar... because that seems so arbitrary and fake. But, I would like to pick out a team from afar to follow the rest of this season to get more acquainted with the smaller clubs. So, I'm looking for any suggestions.

Location isn't a huge factor. UCL seems to be in the vacant center of football club geography in London and there's no obvious choice here.

Premier League isn't completely necessary... though, I think I'd prefer Premier or Championship so that I may be able to find streams of the games overseas. I could be convinced to support a lower division team, however.

I've definitely eliminated Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs as I don't want to jump on the bandwagon of a larger club... and I'd like to be able to afford to actually attend an occasional match.

I'm leaning toward QPR and West Ham -- mainly because I'm most familiar with these two clubs from Green Street Hooligans and The Four Year Plan. But, I'm completely open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
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Support Arsenal, use the excuse that they play beautiful football.

Then say youre not a glory hunter as we havent won anything for 8 years
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Wait ... is this a question? The Gunners, of course!
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Fake for not supporting a local club?

**** off.
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Fulham.

Then you can take a picture with that Michael Jackson statue, assuming it's still there.
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You'll choose Millwall if you know what's best for ya.
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Wait, premier league isn't necessary, but it has to be in London?
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(Original post by PiercingGlint".)
Wait, premier league isn't necessary, but it has to be in London?
I'd just prefer it to be in London or relatively close to London. It's not absolute.

I'd like to attend some matches, and if they're too far away from London I would probably be able to go to less.
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Plymouth Argyle
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What's wrong with your local MLS team?

I would just pick the closest team to wherever you're gonna be living. Also keep in mind the Midlands is only an hour or so on the train from London and that's an area rich in footballing history, with a plethora of fantastic clubs.
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My suggestions if you're willing to hop on the train to the Midlands:

Wolverhampton Wanderers - good support, can check out the Black Country too, good club, won a load of stuff but currently in League One (third tier) so could do with your support. Tickets readily available and dirt cheap I'd imagine.

Walsall - as above but on a smaller scale, I feel sorry for them a bit. Could also check out the Black Country.

Coventry City - they've had a hard time recently and could probably do with some support. They play their home games in Northampton which is somewhat close to London but for a team so crap they have a nut case support so if you want to experience that sort of thing I would definitely look that way.

Don't forget you're not limited to just home games, all of these teams play away, and living in the London area they'll all be playing games in and around there several times a year.
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(Original post by Skjellyfetti)
I'm going to be starting a masters program at UCL next year. I've followed the EPL pretty casually for the last few years -- enough to be vaguely familiar with the larger clubs. I love sports in the US... and one thing that really excites me about spending a year in the UK will be immersing myself in your football culture to whatever extent I'll be able to.

I'm not going to choose a club to "support" from afar... because that seems so arbitrary and fake. But, I would like to pick out a team from afar to follow the rest of this season to get more acquainted with the smaller clubs. So, I'm looking for any suggestions.

Location isn't a huge factor. UCL seems to be in the vacant center of football club geography in London and there's no obvious choice here.

Premier League isn't completely necessary... though, I think I'd prefer Premier or Championship so that I may be able to find streams of the games overseas. I could be convinced to support a lower division team, however.

I've definitely eliminated Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs as I don't want to jump on the bandwagon of a larger club... and I'd like to be able to afford to actually attend an occasional match.

I'm leaning toward QPR and West Ham -- mainly because I'm most familiar with these two clubs from Green Street Hooligans and The Four Year Plan. But, I'm completely open to any and all suggestions. Thanks!
1)Forget everything you saw in Green St Hooligans immediately, thats more like a parody of hooligan culture than anything.

Support QPR mate. I went to school near the ground and used to attend matches with mates who were fans. Very decent group of fans who make a good atmosphere, very authentic club. Very old school and endearing stadium as well. Also based in Shepherds Bush which is much easier to get to than WHU.

Come on you RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS S!
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Forget about football.Concentrate on your studies.Think about your future.
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Chelsea. Just because Jose.

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Well fulham and west ham should be playing championship football next year so you can get really acquainted with small clubs. Tickets will be cheap and available so, you'll get to go to a lot matches. So just flick a coin.


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Crystal Palace.

AFC Wimbledon
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Well done not jumping on the bandwagon!

(Original post by economist2)
Forget about football.Concentrate on your studies.Think about your future.
Yeah, because they're mutually exclusive...
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Palace have the best London fans IMO.
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So you want to support a small club that's in London?

In that case, I'd suggest Tottenham.
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Arsenal because they're the gunners and Americans love guns n shooting n stoof
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