Fans will go to extreme lengths to ensure that their team has adequate support but an Arsenal fan has taken things to a whole new level.
Previously, supporting your team could entail attending the match in person, heading down the local boozer and engaging in “banter” or, at an extreme level, joining a firm and fighting in the name of your team’s colours.
However, the explosion of social networking over the past five or so years has transformed the way we engage with each other and that has had a trickle-down effect on how we support our teams.
Facebook banter has become, in many ways, the new football hooliganism – a constant game of one-upmanship.
Acutely aware of the need to fight his side’s cause in this new virtual world of football warfare, Dino, an Australian Arsenal fan, has posted quite possibly the best job in the world on Gumtree.
What’s the job? Well, basically, Dino would like to offer some good upstanding Gooner the sum of 150 Australian dollars to watch Champions League games on his behalf and assume his persona on social media.
The successful applicant will have to be able to "post insightful commentary and engage in banter in a private Facebook group of football enthusiasts on my behalf", as detailed in the ad below.
The reason? Dino, a 27-year-old chap with a job in the legal profession, is unable to watch many of his side’s Champions League games as they are aired at 4.30am in Australia.
This does indeed sound like a tremendous job. However, as you’d expect of an Arsenal fan, Dino sets very high standards and, if you apply, you will have to go through a rigorous three-day “banter test” to see if you’re up to scratch.
Fear not, you will be given some guidelines, or as he puts them, "Dundoisms" – these include wonderful quips such as “LOL’pool”, “Manure” and David “Moisturiser” Moyes.
Excellent. If you fulfil all these requirements then the advert is here.
One last thing, as well, as being “banterous”, you must also be a dab hand with the ladies – or as Dino puts it, “engage in strategic flirting and mind games with several females via the Facebook Messenger application."