Reading this with great interest, top stuff fellas
Totally this. I choose to live 80 miles from my roots. But when every home game is an away game it still doesn't matter, you still go. Sure, there are people who follow their EPL teams all over and pay considerably more doing so. That is loyalty. But the culture in grass roots is different. Fans generally grew up in or live in the town or city of their club. When I retire or become a multi-millionaire, I would move back there like a shot (pun intended) but the latter would see me buy the club outright and give it the best future possible. When you consider where Bournemouth are now, anything is possible. Whoever your alliance is with, be proud and keep the faith.It's about community. It's tribal.
Our geographical rivals are Millwall. I despise them.
I'll have to pinch those for the South Stand! By that I mean I am moving from a blog to a website with a forum. The South Stand is the category that will house such nostalgia!