Hello everyone and welcome to ‘Getting To The Game’ a brand new 'monthly-ish' football blog, focusing on clubs and more importantly their fans.
Being the first post I wanted to give everyone a brief introduction to myself, my world, and an idea of what’s to come.
If you don’t know me already I’m Jamie Dunne, creator of ‘Getting To The Game”.
I’m a huge football person, I’ve been involved in the game in whole manner of roles, but most importantly I’m a fan!
First and foremost I’m a Southampton supporter, but I’m also a huge advocate of non-league, as well as the game in Europe and beyond.
If you’ve read the ‘about me’ section you’ll know I’m married to a Brighton & Hove Albion season ticket holder, so we really do live in football household.
(Portrayed on this occasion by the picture below)
Some of the collection of mugs people are forced to drink from if they come for tea at our house (football fan or not).
My love of the game was kick started by watching games with my dad at The Dell in the mid 90s.
I would look forward to the game all week, but as much as I enjoyed the (usually below par) Premier League football, it was often the crowd and the atmosphere that would excite the seven year old me.
Twenty something years on, I’m still mesmerised by rhythmic clapping and chanting, the smell of under cooked burgers and the moments of ecstasy shared with complete strangers.
Football without fans is nothing. And for me, sometimes what happens on the pitch can be secondary and I’m just as entertained by the crowd.
So, I suppose this blog is just the search for the answers I started asking myself when I was 7;
Where do all these people come from?
How do they get to the games?
What is their match day routine?
Why do they support their chosen club?
Why in Spanish football can you only ever seem to get a bottle of coke and bags of sunflower seeds instead of a pie?
Hopefully I’m going to be finding out all the answers as I go round the world, meeting fans and spending the day with them.
I’m going to be doing what they do, seeing what they see and drinking what they drink, in an attempt to find out about their match day experiences.
And through my photos, Videos, stories and interviews you’ll be able to get a taste of what it’s like too.
I have my first big match day next weekend, so until then keep checking social media for updates
See you soon,