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How dedicated are you?

How dedicated are you?
Football for fans is not just 90 minutes on match-day, but hours and hours during every day, perhaps every minute they could spare. During summer, fans (unlike most of the players who go on holiday for a couple of weeks or so and nothing is heard of them unless they get injured while on their yacht [Rooney] or anything else), keep supporting their team and most of us, discuss what is going on in the club, mainly on the net.

For us Pompey fans, summer 2009 was extraordinary, and we have discussed so many matters, starting with the take-over promise in late May, and strangely enough, ending with the same take-over promise or now promises in mid-August. Most of the time we spent was discussing subjects that are just useless today, for instance the manager saga. We wished and hoped for players, and probably no one ever thought that newly-signed Freddy and Niemi will be at Pompey this coming season.

So, the question is; is it worth all this talking and hoping, probably for nothing? Well, for some it is, as if it was not, I wouldn't be writing this and you wouldn't be reading it!

This summer, we were simply busy, maybe more than ever. And this is all because we care about Portsmouth Football Club. Others, who are less dedicated, just wait for a season to start, but not for the majority of Pompey fans, around the globe.

However, yesterday morning 'The Asian Age' was suggesting, according to the Sun's survey that Pompey fans are the least dedicated. Burnley are the most dedicated as they spend 18.1 hours a week reading news, travel to and from matches, discussing and so on. Pompey fans, according to this survey, spend only an average of 14.6 hours a week dealing with the club's matters.

It claims that an average supporter spends 800 hours in a year supporting his/her team or 33 full days. On the other hand, a very dedicated fan spends around 40 hours a week on the team or nearly 2000 hours in a whole year.

This seems strange to me, as I think Pompey fans are pretty involved in everything that goes around our club, especially during this summer where no one stopped searching the net in the hope of some good news. However, this survey revealed that we are not dedicated when compared to others.

And you: how dedicated are you?

Written by Pompey Malta.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.


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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Friday August 7 2009
Time: 7:50AM

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Let's face it... anyone on here is unlikely to provide unbiased feedback on that load of rubbish. *disclaimer* survey data based on one random phone call to someone living in the city or within 50 miles, no guarantee that person was a "fan".... however, I'll admit to being able to be more dedicated than I am.
jim4pompey
07/08/2009 08:05:00
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Good article but you have to question the source. Not a lot happens in Burnley, except racial riots. Polls are about limited opinion & little else. We all go to extremes at times but you can't have a life without a good balance!
storagematt
07/08/2009 08:07:00
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In all honesty I think -both me and my wife - wish i spent less time checking news now....Burnley fans have added impedus as they are new to englishpremier league-i for one would ditch this football thing if i could.
plymouth graham
07/08/2009 08:20:00
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what defines dedicated then ? i live nearly 300 miles from Pompey so go to more away games than home games. i wake up in the morning and check newsnow and this website, i have live feeds with news fed to my phone, the weeks leading up to the cup final i coudltn sleep at night thinking about the dream.... i have 2 pompey tattoos, my 6 year old son has just got his first pompey shirt for his birthday, i never go more than half a day with out thinking about my team, match days my wife knows not to even nother me as she wont get a response, so does this make me dedicated ?
southportpompey
07/08/2009 08:23:00
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I suspect the Sun made this up, i mean found this out, when they were scribing The Pompey Gate Niovels.
Midge
07/08/2009 08:24:00
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Yes, have to question the sample size of this. Pretty much all of the Pompey fans I know are massively dedicated. When I go away I see the same faces every week, even at the most inconvenient times - Newcastle away midweek, Middlesbrough away on a Monday night, etc. Portsmouth is a city that really is obsessed by its local side.
Pompeytim
07/08/2009 08:26:00
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What a load of bollox.
NinjaTim
07/08/2009 08:35:00
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plus... it's easier to be dedicated when you're unemployed...
jim4pompey
07/08/2009 08:58:00
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NinjaTim summed it up perfectly! Has anyone here been surveyed? No!! So they did make it up then. Good article Malta.
eastneydave
07/08/2009 09:11:00
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I was surveyed once and declared unfit to live in a pig stye! I never quite figured out what they were getting at....duh!
cornypomp
07/08/2009 09:34:00
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