Manchester City Fans’ Leader Claims Club Fans Are More ‘Hardcore’ Than ‘Tourist’ Manchester United Fans

Published 09/17/2021, 1:32 PM EDT
Pep Guardiola.


The pandemic and the resulting behind closed-door games reiterated the importance of fans in soccer. In terms of passionate fans, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, and Liverpool have some of the most vocal fans in soccer. They carry their traditions and chants to create an amazing atmosphere in the stadium. Recently, Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola called out the Cityzens to attend matches. Pep’s words have received widespread criticism from City supporters. The general secretary of Man City Supporters’ Club has spoken about the fans at the club and how they are hardcore supporters.

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Manchester City fans’ head counters Guardiola

Kevin Parker, who is the general secretary of the Man City Supporters’ Club, has retaliated to Guardiola’s statement.

“Supporters will say, well, that doesn’t affect Manchester United or Liverpool in the same way. I think the reality is I think our supporter base is different. We’re more hardcore, we’re more local. We certainly don’t have 3,000 or 4,000 tourists turning up for every game which Man Utd and Liverpool will have to accept they do have those sorts of supporters.”

United and Liverpool have a larger fan base because of the historical success the clubs have enjoyed. They are some of the oldest clubs in the world and have enjoyed unparalleled success. On the other hand, City is a club that recently rose to prominence after a financial take-over. But, Parker added that the supporters are good and are very passionate about the club.

“Our stadium is called the Etihad, and as a bit of football tribalism, it’s well known as Emptyhad. The reality is our support is very, very good,” said Parker.

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City fans are unique

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In spite of United and Liverpool being the biggest teams in England, City has been one of the best teams in the last decade. After the funding from the owners, the club added Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Vincent Kompany to play some of the best football in Premier League history.

Their famous Poznan celebration is incredible as they stand with their backs faced to the ground and jump with joy. Likewise, they are some of the most passionate fans as well. Looming in the second division for a long time, the club came through the ranks to become one of the best teams in England. The Citizens averaged 54,219 last season which is pretty respectable for a club’s attendance.

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Thus, Parker has a point. There are many qualms that Manchester City fans are not passionate about their team. But, they are a growing club and have some of the most passionate fans in the world.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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