Hey Birmingham soccer fan. This post is for you.
Yeh – you might be a loud and proud supporter of some great European club that you have no true connection to other than watching said team’s matches on tv. I don’t blame you, the soccer is top level and the players are mega-stars.
Perhaps you are a hipster supporter of some mid-level European team, or dare I say, a MLS team that is located across the country from the Heart of Dixie. Good for you, the soccer community welcomes all.
Maybe you are the kind of fan that holds all of the global big leagues in contempt, instead choosing to stake your fandom with an obscure NASL team like the Cosmos (ouch, too soon?) or the Rowdies. Your fandom knows no bounds.
You could be a fan that loves your national team and loves to watch the World Cup every four years. The USMNT holds a special place in many of our hearts.
Lastly – maybe you are a proud mom/dad/grandma/grandad – and the total extent of your soccer knowledge comes from watching some 28-year old coach yell at your 12-year old daughter on Saturday afternoons in local club soccer. But it sure is fun to watch, isn’t it?
Whomever it is that you cheer for, wouldn’t you agree that your soccer fandom would be so much more enriched if there was a local team to watch on the weekends… like in person? Wouldn’t it be cool to see a team march out onto the pitch that consists almost entirely of local talent? Don’t you feel the pride that comes with an organization that has started from out of thin air to create a soccer club that represents our city on 10 or more weeks in the Springtime?
Here’s the deal: the Hammers consistently pulled 1,200 or so fans to their home matches last year. That’s pretty good for the inaugural campaign. But being that Birmingham is a metro area of like 1.3 million people, one has to believe that there are more than 1,200 soccer fans in this city. I mean… come on. We can do better, right?
And if you’re reading this blog, it means you’re already at least a little knowledgeable about our local team… our Boys in Red. Good for you. Here is what you can do:
Go tell these folks, the soccer fans that aren’t yet invested in local professional soccer, about the Hammers. Share the Birmingham Backline website on Facebook. Tell them about the Magic City Brigade Supporters group. Most importantly, get them off their asses, have them turn off that Wolverhampton vs. Newcastle matchup (or whatever obscure matchup they have just been dying to watch), and instead take them with you to a budding local rivalry game like Birmingham vs Chattanooga FC! Hell, it might be the first time they ever watch a game in person. You will be a hero. With a little bit of energy on your part, I bet the Hammers could average around 2,500 – 3,000 fans a game this upcoming season. Make it happen!