The Fan vs The Supporter
We now interrupt our regular programming for a small note on terminology:
I use the terms fan and supporter interchangeably, mostly for variety, but I do believe that there is a difference. The supporter is there when the club fails, coming back the next match, the next season and so on hoping for success but knowing their support isn’t predicated upon silverware. The fan is epitomized by a gentleman I met last summer who informed me he “used to be” a Manchester United fan but after the trophy-less 2013-2014 season he was going to support another team. The fan stands up and is ready to walk away when things go badly while the supporter stands up and sings louder.
Which one are you? Let me know by leaving a comment in the space below…