Are you superstitious? Are there certain things you do in the support of your Premier League club? Are there certain articles of clothing that are more lucky than others? Do you perform certain routines or rituals to help your team? If so, share them in the comments section below.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been less prone to being superstitious. When I was younger, I used to carry a lucky quarter in my pocket. Before cellphones, it started out as a practical thing … carrying a quarter with me to use at a pay phone in case of emergencies. But it ended up being a superstition that I had to have a quarter in my pocket.
Earlier this season, with a new Swansea shirt in my possession, I began wearing the white shirt of my favorite club every weekend while I was watching the game. It wasn’t that I was being superstitious. It was team pride. Supporting my club from afar. But after Swansea’s poor start to the season where they couldn’t score, I soon began consciously wearing other shirts. I still wear the Swans shirt now and again, but not nearly as much as earlier last year.
I don’t know if it’s me, or if it’s because I spent my childhood in Britain, but it seems that there are a lot more superstitious people in the UK than in the United States. Now I might be completely wrong with this, but a lot of friends had eccentric quirks and rituals they performed in Wales that I haven’t seen in America. And from watching Sky Sports News, there’s occasionally a story or interview about a footballer who talks about some of his superstitions — whether it’s putting on his socks in a certain way, or going through specific rituals. To get a good idea of the extremes that some footballers go through, read this story about Pepe Reina’s pre-match superstitions. And the article mentions one of the most famous superstitions, too — Liverpool players touching the “This Is Anfield” sign as they’re heading down the tunnel before entering the Anfield pitch.
What soccer-related superstitions do you have that you’d like to share with the readers? Post them in the comments section below.