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Football fans reveal their superstitions

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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NEW research has revealed how superstitious Burton Albion fans are when it comes to their team.

The study, conducted by Capital One, showed that nearly a third of Brewers fans admitted to having a pre-match ritual.

More than half of supporters with a pre-game ritual believe it directly influences the result of the match.

The most popular pre-match ritual amongst Albion fans is to always visit a particular pub or cafe before each game, with 23 per cent admitting it was an essential part of their matchday routine.

One in five supporters with a ritual listens to a specific song before kick-off and 20 per cent kiss their club emblem to bring their team luck.

Michael Woodburn, chief marketing officer at Capital One, said: “If you find your partner kissing a friend on the head, endlessly repeating the same song, or sneaking a cuddly toy out of the house you can guess it’s match day.

“Millions of fans experience deja vu as they live out the same rituals to try to affect the result for their favourite football team.

“Football fans are some of the most passionate supporters and will go to great lengths to ensure their team has the best chance of winning.”

Older football fans, over the age of 65, take a more tactile approach to their pre-match rituals, with 41 per cent adopting a matchday routine of affectionately kissing the club badge for good luck.

A third of those aged over 65 with a pre-match ritual like to wear a lucky item of clothing.

Younger fans’ favourite rituals were meeting up at the same pub or cafe pre-game, or always watching the action with the same friends.

However, it is not just fans that are known for their superstitions – many professionals over the years have believed theirroutines in the run-up to games would influence the outcome, even at the highest level.

Gary Lineker would not take a shot at goal during his pre-match warm-ups because he didn’t want to ‘waste’ a goal, while Paul Ince famously only put on his shirt as the teams were coming out of the tunnel.

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