Episode 1

The Fanatic

In England, football has become the national sport, if not a national obsession. Of all the sports fandoms in all the world, there is none more passionate than the football fan. The lengths to which some of them will go are really quite extraordinary. In this episode we will explore the extremes of true fan obsession. Through our contributors’ personal stories, we'll see what lengths people will go to support their team, and how cheering on their club gives them meaning and purpose in life. The very word ‘fan’ derives from ‘fanatics’. Supporters can be fanatical. They can be over the top, but whether they're obsessives or whether they're just fair-weather fans, without them, these days there really is no game.

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