This is something which has always puzzled me. I was born in South London and grew up supporting Crystal Palace. I have two younger brothers. The middle one supports Liverpool and the youngest supports Manchester United. Both of them supported the teams who were winning everything during their formative years. They are glory hunters without any link to either city. I have another friend who is Canadian. He supports Newcastle - the reason is his father is from Newcastle and despite living in Vancouver for 40 years still has a thick accent. That seems fair enough to me. I lived in Ireland for several years and I was amazed at the glory hunting of supporters over there. I would say at a guess something like 40% of Irish football fans support Man Utd. Liverpool are the other big side with maybe 25% of support. The remainder is mixed. There is a huge transient fanbase over there who will support whichever team is winning and will change like the wind. I remember seeing lots of Blackburn fans in the early 90s for example. For those in here - if you don't support your local team and support someone else - why? Not looking to judge anyone, I'm just interested.