07 Aug The Story of A United Fan Girl
OMG, Isn’t he the cutest?” – A sentence that I hear most often in a high pitch( Proably only dogs could hear) squeal whenever I mention the word David Beckham or Lionel Messi to my girlfriends. This, is in 2015. Travel back 13 years with me.
May 2002- As a 15 year old girl, I learnt about a tiny little bone that none of my teachers had ever mentioned- METATARSAL. I added my prayers to the million others that probably made God’s room look like the one from Bruce Almighty. “Please God, let him be fit. I will give up anything.” You see I have been a United fan ever since I heard the words “Beckham’s corner- SOLKSJAER. Manchester United have reached the promised land” The Nou Camp 99, treble night and the fact that a United player was going to lead England at the WC made me exhilarated.
In 2002- Indian’s were not into football as they are today. It was the time of John Dykes, Shebby Singh and the fabulous Jamie Reeves. It was the time of Harsha Boghle’s ESPN school quiz. It was the time of rushing home from school on Thursdays to catch Andy Panders on “Football Crazy”. It was the time of dial up internet. You had to depend on Sportsstar to get your football fix. I still have about 300 of those stashed away in my parent’s house (don’t tell my mom). No fan clubs, no fb groups, no hotstar- Niente.
When Beckham released his book “My Side” in 03 I tried “Saama,dhana,bedha, dhandam” until some relative from London relented and sent me a copy. I forfeited a year’s pocket money and scoured the entire city for a United Jersey ( Where was Dollars and Pounds when you need it).You would be hard pressed to find the light switches in my room- the walls were covered floor to ceiling in United pictures, along with a Michael Schumacher, Marat Safin and Kurt Cobain here and there. Every time there was a champions league game, someone at home was tasked with waking me up at midnight. I was the quintessential United Super fan.
After all these years, all the heartache and triumphs I still find “Naethikku Vandha United Fans” sniggering at me when I say that I am a United fan. The reason, they have a Y chromosome. Is there some kind of genetic code in there that makes only men be able to understand football? Granted there are men, especially these days who take me seriously, but that is more of an exception than a rule. In their defense though, we live in a world where girls say “David Beckham is cute”, “Dicaprio is cute”, “Jon Snow is cute”, “A cat scratching his bloody nose is cute”
I am a red through and through. I love NIRVANA, I geek out totally at Game of thrones , C# coding gives me happiness, Tarantino movies thrill me. To all the girls out there who love football, embrace it. Speaking as the mother of a 4 year old, who refused to eat for two days because Robin Van Persie left United, I tell you, you will turn out great!
Harshni Diwakar, 27 year old sports buff and Supports United, Kimi Raikonnen and Stan Wawrinka. A Nirvana Fan, avid Throner, book nerd and all out geek.