I'm not from Manchester, so am I a Glory Hunter?

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Before this thread starts I'd like to thank everyone for their inputs (unless you want to waste a thread cursing other teams). I know some of this may sound like an ir-relevant story but I just wish to describe the facts before you all give your thoughts.

Ok, so I had an argument with my mate on the day Liverpool beat Chelsea.. being a (hardcore) United fan, I was just rubbing in the defeat to my mate (Chelsea supporter), who later accused me of being a Glory Hunter. This was 2 days ago and I cant get it out of my head.

Its true that I was NOT born in Manchester, nor do I have any connections with the location, but does this take away my right to support my favourite team? When asked why I support United, I answered the blury truth... ''i dont quite know''. All i remember was my dad talking of 2 teams, Liverpool and Manchester, and how everyone in the family must support Liverpool. However as I grew older I was in complete awe of the style of play and never say die attidute Man Utd have. I even recall looking upto Giggs and Scholes (a bit less so with Scholsey because i didnt realise his input when young).

Anyway, my mate then tagged me as a glory hunter and questioned whether I'd support Manchester United if they were a league 2 team. But my answer is YES. If United fell somehow to relegation zone, then i'd still support them... heck id travel to more matches and shout my lungs out for the squad. Its a shame that my mate, and many other people may not believe me though, because to them i'm just another london-er who supports united... and thus 'must be a glory hunter'. Now when United are on a winning streak i feel odd because people may see me as merely supporting the winning team. My support has never gone down, not when Chelsea dominated and not now. The question I ask you all, is Am I a glory hunter?

Ps. your answers are much appreciated, but whatever the majority say, my support for Manchester United will never die and I'l have the same love for my club whatever happens:rolleyes:
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ok. put it this way. im a leeds fan. i live in london. we were once good yes.. but now look! im still goin to games and following them! im no glory hunter.. theres loadsa people who support man u and chelsea.. good on them theyr wicked teams !
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If you dont have a manchester united edition british passport you're not allowed to support them.

But seriously, this issue pops up so many times and the fact of the matter is 99% of the time, once people have picked their club, they stick with it for life (with the 1% being mostly made up of footballers!)

If thats the team you've chosen to support, fair enough!
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I think that people outside of Manchester who support United ARE glory hunters - their type doesn't particularly appeal to me ... so when one is having a conversation with me in the pub about united and they go .. scholes this... 99 treble that... I'm just like .... yeah, you're from Essex

AND I'M A UNITED SUPPORTER born in Manchester, supported them all my life, never inherited it from my father (Celtic fan born in Glasgow) so there, that's my tuppenth.
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I respect any football fan/supporter. But i'm sure you can't get the same enjoy out of supporting a top four team instead of your local team and seeing them do well. I'm a Hull City supporter and never dreamt of supporting another club. The last 6 years or so have been unbelieveable.
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If you support them then it doesn't matter as long as you're loyal. Why does your mate care?

I had this a lot recently - I support two clubs (a Premiership and a League 2 club) and apparently this is wrong. But it's not! I quite happily manage to support both fine and if they ever played each other I'd be happy whoever won.
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I think there are an abundance of GH in football. Weather you are one or not, only you really know.
Though purely from your post....I would say you are.
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(Original post by mancsmithsfan)
I think that people outside of Manchester who support United ARE glory hunters - their type doesn't particularly appeal to me ... so when one is having a conversation with me in the pub about united and they go .. scholes this... 99 treble that... I'm just like .... yeah, you're from Essex

AND I'M A UNITED SUPPORTER born in Manchester, supported them all my life, never inherited it from my father (Celtic fan born in Glasgow) so there, that's my tuppenth.
So, people should only support the team if they're born there. Surely by your logic, players like Tevez, Ronaldo, Rooney, even Giggs shouldnt be associated with Manchester because they wern't born there. If you think united fans should be pure and only from Manchester then surely you'd think Manchester United should only field their home grown talents, right?
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(Original post by Slick 'n' Shady)
I think there are an abundance of GH in football. Weather you are one or not, only you really know.
Though purely from your post....I would say you are.
Note: I was not attracted by their wins, but their style of play coupled with the fact that certain proffesional idols were Manchester United players.
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I don't think it's a prerequisite to be located within very close proximity of your club but being too far away would be an issue for me. I'd never support a club that is hundreds of miles away. Don't care about other people.
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The argument has been done to death, but the general consensus I have seen - and tend to agree with - is that it's not that simple. Geography is a factor only relative to the strengths and weaknesses of many others.

As long as one genuinely loves the club, cool beans as far as I see it. If you wander from club to club depending on who wins the trophies, then I have no shame in admitting I have very little respect for you. :teeth:
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I was born in York, My Dad supports Man U even though he was born in Helsinki and brought up in Dorset. I guess I support Man United because my Dad does and also coz Scholesy is a ginger legend.

Oh and I support York City too, but they charge over a tenner for me to watch football that frankly I could play in, so I see United more.
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(Original post by Hubert Poo)
The argument has been done to death, but the general consensus I have seen - and tend to agree with - is that it's not that simple. Geography is a factor only relative to the strengths and weaknesses of many others.

As long as one genuinely loves the club, cool beans as far as I see it. If you wander from club to club depending on who wins the trophies, then I have no shame in admitting I have very little respect for you. :teeth:
hit the nail on the head, but this is why I've brought it up despite it being done to death. some posts ask why I care what my mate thinks, as long as I support the club thats what matters. However as you stated, someone who wonders on club to club should be given very little respect... and when I was (wrongly) accused of being that someone, I didnt want to lose respect from people just because i was born a few miles away.
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(Original post by Mr. Orange)
I was born in York, My Dad supports Man U even though he was born in Helsinki and brought up in Dorset. I guess I support Man United because my Dad does and also coz Scholesy is a ginger legend.

Oh and I support York City too, but they charge over a tenner for me to watch football that frankly I could play in, so I see United more.
Common, Craig Farrell aint too bad
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(Original post by newlife)
hit the nail on the head, but this is why I've brought it up despite it being done to death. some posts ask why I care what my mate thinks, as long as I support the club thats what matters. However as you stated, someone who wonders on club to club should be given very little respect... and when I was (wrongly) accused of being that someone, I didnt want to lose respect from people just because i was born a few miles away.
It may sound OTT, but I once - despite being a fairly placid person - went absolutely berserk at being called a glory hunter and had to be restrained. As such, I think very carefully before calling someone that - it's the ultimate footballing insult imo.

To use a euphemism, every supporter is a made man unless he displays or openly admits to being a glory hunter. That's my personal policy anyways.

They are, when present, a truly foul, singular stench. I don't find it as funny as some people around me seem to, frankly. I guess I take it too seriously. :tongue:
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(Original post by newlife)
Common, Craig Farrell aint too bad
You cannot be serious! :yikes:
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sarcasm. Ive seen about 10 minutes of him, but hey, he wears the no.10 shirt (i think that or 12 or something) so he must be special =)
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Get over it.
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if man u got relegated how big would the drop in support be in london

when man u got relegated in the 70's it was a completly differerent game (virtually no tv coverage) this generation have been brought up winning the league every yeat with good runs in all the cups.

If man u didnt have that they wouldnt support them. So fans from outside manchester are MOSTLY gloryhunters.
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Who cares. They don't have a problem with 'glory players' so can't complain about 'glory hunters'.
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