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Premier League passion in the US: Emma's story

31 Dec 2021
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How Norwich fan fell in love with the club after meeting her boyfriend

This season, the Premier League's US Instagram account, @PLinUSA, has been highlighting the passionate, diverse PL fandom from coast to coast, in the series Premier League passion in the US: Fans' stories.

Meet Emma, who became a Norwich City fan thanks to her boyfriend from England.

Emma

"Three years ago I had never heard of Norwich City Football Club. Then I met my boyfriend who is from England, and he mentioned he liked soccer… not football, he corrected himself for me. I'd said, 'Oh yeah, like Manchester United?'

"And he said, 'No, Norwich City. You probably don't know them,' and I was, like, 'Oh… cool!'

Norwich fan Emma and boyfriend, from Michigan

"Flash forward to this morning, we were talking about what the line-up will be this weekend.

"The first year we were dating, we went to the local pub and watched Norwich get promoted. It was a huge moment.

"He cried. I felt it in my chest. That's when I understood, this is a big deal. Afterwards, we went down Fifth Street and he got his Norwich City tattoo. I'm still not that committed yet, though.

"Supporting Norwich is obviously a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but being from Michigan we're used to sports teams that give us heartbreak. 

"Norwich is not all about the money or getting the most fans across the globe. It's a strong local club. People from Norwich really care about it. I grew up a big Tigers and Red Wings fan, and it feels like the same thing.

Norwih fan, Emma, from Michigan

"It doesn't matter if they're not doing well. You could be playing Manchester City, or you could be playing Coventry, you'll care just as much. As a Michigan sports fan, I identify with that. We just care so deeply about our teams.

"My boyfriend has started supporting the Michigan teams as well. The heartbreak comes naturally to him.

"When we first met, we loved going to Michigan football games together. Now we live within a mile of the Big House. We hear the band playing, the players practising. The community in Ann Arbor is just so special.

"It's the same feeling when I went over to Norwich to visit his family. There aren't many of what my mom calls 'fair-weather fans'. You're with your team through thick and thin.

"It's nice to get a bit of balance with Michigan football at its best and Norwich just trying to make it, but at the end of the day, I'd be just as happy with Norwich surviving this season in the Premier League as a Michigan national championship!"

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