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ALL football fans are fickle.
I started supporting Chelsea after their 1970 FA Cup victory over Leeds Unired. They then won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1971 and were runners up in The League Cup in 1972. EVERY child supporting a team will go for the most succesful team when they are old enough to realise/follow football.
I didn't see all the so called Chelsea fans supporting us now during the 80's when, although we had a bloody good team (Spackman, Nevin, Dixon, Speedie, Pates, McLoughlin - and Eddie our goalkeeper whose name I can never spell!!)
But it's 'horses for courses' - many Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal,Chelsea supporters (and now Man City), follow their teams purely because they are succesful - not that they will go to the ground and watch them. No child wants to be the one supporting the team who does no good/wins nothing. I started supporting Chelsea because they were winning in the 70's - probably the same as may other clubs supporters at one time or another.
So let's not quote 'statistics' - they are not worth the effort !!
Football fans are not necessarily fickle, Boxer.. but they / we are guilty of becoming tribal in the pursuit of a group identity that otherwise would not exist.
Billy Connolly does a good sketch upon observation of the fans at a match who are unanimous and perfectly choreographed in their singing with nobody on the edge appearing to be struggling with the learning of the song.
How else do you explain away the Postcode gangs?
It's the re-appearance of tribalism when it could have long gone!
Let's hope the chelsea-tribe make a lot of aggressive noises at Munich and replace wars with sporting contest!