Manchester man Jeremy Clode moved across town, bought a Manchester City shirt, hat, and scarf, and learnt the words to ‘Blue Moon’, in anticipation of this weekend’s exciting conclusion to the Premiership.
Mr Clode, 33, who has also lived in South West London, North London, Blackburn, Leeds, Liverpool, and Birmingham, said his support for Manchester City was still provisional: ‘They were cracking against Newcastle, but I’d still like to see how they go against QPR before supporting them unconditionally – Mickey Thomas taught me that lesson well in 1989 though luckily I had an Arsenal shirt in my backpack.’
Despite supporting the winner of the Premier League and First Division for 33 years, Mr Clode concedes there was an element of luck in his success: ‘Being born in Liverpool certainly helped, and the move to Birmingham for a few months after my parents split up was a stroke of good fortune. But from the age of 10, I started to paying close attention to things like squad strength, which billionaires were buying which clubs, and, most importantly, which team was ahead with one game to go.’
Mr Clode refuted claims that he supports only wealthy football clubs saying: ‘I am also a keen supporter of my 8 year old nephew’s team, or at least I was until they lost 6-1 to the Plain Rooneys in the penultimate game of the season ending their title run.’
Outside football, Mr Clode is a lifelong Tory supporter, though he switched to Labour for the Blair / Brown years. He is also a keen follower of the National Lottery where he has picked the winning numbers 543 weeks running with a system that involves drawing up a shortlist of numbers in the days before the draw, before settling on his final five numbers just after the draw is done.