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Old 10-19-2013, 09:40 AM
 
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The cable powers that be have just recently started televising a full slate of live Premier League games in my part of the USA. As a newcomer to English football, I am interested in the views of UK fans as to which team I should root for --- and why. Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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If you're a glory hunter then go for one of the big spenders; Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City, etc.

If you like a little romance look at recently promoted well run clubs surviving on a budget; eg Southampton etc.

If you like proper football look in the lower leagues or non-league, but you might struggle to get TV footage.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Itinerant
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The cable powers that be have just recently started televising a full slate of live Premier League games in my part of the USA. As a newcomer to English football, I am interested in the views of UK fans as to which team I should root for --- and why. Thanks in advance for your comments.
Depends on what you're looking for...

For good teams with great chances, there's Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal (Man Utd too, but we need to see how Moyes does).

For teams that are also rans, try Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, (and hopefully Sunderland) or QPR who are currently in the Championship, but really should be in the Premier League.

If you want a team that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory, wins big over much larger clubs (against form), and will never fail to provide immense frustration and continual barely enough disappointment to give hope in competition, the transfer market, sponsorship or just plain idiotic club management decisions I'd suggest my home team Newcastle United.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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I won't be thanked for it but go for Chelsea (my team), it will give me somebody on here to talk 'football' with :-)
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:20 PM
 
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:49 PM
 
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The cable powers that be have just recently started televising a full slate of live Premier League games in my part of the USA. As a newcomer to English football, I am interested in the views of UK fans as to which team I should root for --- and why. Thanks in advance for your comments.

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Old 10-19-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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I would second Newcastle for a regional city with a ridiculously passionate support through all the bad times. Stoke are similar but much less fashionable. There are currently two Welsh clubs (Cardiff and Swansea) which is just about unheard of in history. Aston Villa and West Ham are two sleeping giants from the past, as are my least hated Premier League club Everton. You could try exploring the local areas around their stadia on Google Streetview if you wanted to get a feel for the local community they represent.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:18 PM
 
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:29 PM
 
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I would second Newcastle for a regional city with a ridiculously passionate support through all the bad times.
Which would be except for the 92-97 season and the Bobby Robson years, since 1927 more or less...

Yup we know how to show loyalty to the club in Newcastle. I'm not much of a soccer fan and I still check two scores on a weekend, Newcastle in the vainglorious hope they didn't lose, and Sunderland in the increasing likelihood they did lose. Then of course I occasionally glance to see what new tin pot scheme Mike Ashley has dreamt up to earn him some coin, or who has been sold.

We all have our crosses to bear...
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:37 PM
 
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Ha! I had an English friend at work who was always talking about "the gooners."

I assume he meant Arsenal.
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