In characteristically generous fashion, Yeovil Town applauded the 2000 travelling Burnley fans at last week’s game at the Huish both at the ground and on twitter afterwards. They were generally acknowledged the loudest we’ve had all season and we are grateful for the receipts they brought the club.
Burnley have a lot in common with us, a poor place with a strong fan base rooted in the town and speaking for a certain demographic.
Talking with them before the game, I got none of the ingrained animosity you get from your average Leeds or Forest fan, these guys have thirty years of failure to support them and they see the glass today as half full.
How different from the howling vitriol you get when you watch a Chelsea, Aresenal or Tottenham.
It is a pleasure to support Yeovil Town, Though I was borne and bred 20 miles from the ground, I seldom saw them in my youth, preferring the league games at Bournemouth and sometimes Southampton.
I started supporting Yeovil some ten years ago as they entered the league so have no claims to being Yeovil True (yet).
Yeovil cling to their heritage as a non-league side and the chants of “are you Weymouth in disguise” to the Burnley fans , must have mystified all but the die-hard Glovers! (Weymouth and Burnley play in Claret and Blue and if West Ham or Villa go down this season -( possible) and we stay up (less so) then we’ll be singing the same to them.
So who are the best fans in the land. Well ours of course! Cos Somerset is Wonderful!
For my son to give up his childhood love of glory boys Chelsea and follow the Yeovil over land and sea (and we’ve had to brave some sea over the past two weeks) is a defining decision in his young adult life.
It means stuff to stand in the Blackthorn and see him nearly cry with Joy when Kieffer Moore scores at the home end (twice in two games). To hear the fans around us sing to Luke Ayling and Byron Webster, you’d think they were mates. And in many case you’d be right. Yeovil is that kind of club.
So though I’m Henry come lately, I am proud to be a Glover, proud that my family have deserted the Russian owned Bournemouth for a club that is properly financed ,properly managed and properly supported.
And we’ve got the best song in the land too!