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Divided loyalties for Carlisle Utd and Spurs fan

Thousands of Carlisle United supporters will relish watching their team play the biggest opponents they have faced in years tonight but one is more excited than most.

Beccy Potts photo
Beccy Potts

Beccy Potts is both a Carlisle United supporter and a Tottenham Hotspur fan.

The 22-year-old, from Harraby, never misses a Blues game home or away and has this season’s home shirt with Peter Murphy’s name on the back.

But despite this she has a passion for the north London giants, who won the competition in 2008 - and believes they will triumph tonight.

She said: “I support Carlisle because they are my home team but I went to see Spurs play Sunderland a few years ago and I knew from then that I liked them a lot.

“I can’t wait for the game and I think Spurs will win 2-1 but I would like Carlisle to win 2-1.”

Beccy is going to the game to mingle with Carlisle supporters with her mum and dad but admits that her split loyalty means she must bear the brunt of some jokes.

“My family quite often take the mickey”, she said. “They are all Manchester United supporters so I’m the odd one out.”

It’s not hard to guess Beccy’s favourite Spurs player when you see her laptop featuring a picture of wide man Gareth Bale, as well as a large poster and away shirt adorned with the Welshman’s name.

Beccy’s mum Alison said: “She’s always been football mad.

"Beccy couldn’t believe it when they were drawn together. She came bounding into the bedroom and said ‘Mum, we’ve got Spurs!’.”

Meanwhile, at Brunton Park preparations are nearing completion for the Capital One Cup third round clash.

The pitch is in pristine condition while club shop and ticket office staff say that business has been brisk.

Ticket office manager Christine Metcalfe said: “It’s a Wednesday night game and that doesn’t always attract the crowds but we hope to get at least 10,000 home fans here.

“We are hoping to get Manchester United away in the next round.”

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Why on earth can't people support two (or more) teams? I have ties to two major cities in the UK and have lived in Carlisle for many years. I go to Carlisle matches on a semi regular basis and class myself as a supporter. My town of birth is Manchester and support them although rarely go to matches despite being a one time season ticket holder. Mostly this is down to geographic location but work and family commitments play a large part too. Then we move to Newcastle, my parents town of birth and a team I have a massive allegiance too. I last saw Newcastle play four years ago and have no plans to visit in the near future for similar reasons as Manchester although admittedly geography plays less of a part. I could not count how many Newcastle games I travelled to as a child or Manchester games I saw as an adolescent.
My support from Carlisle stemmed from my inability to travel to other clubs once I moved to this city. I adopted them and see about one third of the home games each season. This does not impede my love of my other to clubs nor does the fact that I watch them from an armchair stop me being a supporter. When Manchester & Newcastle play each other I have no conflict of interest, it makes a magnificent spectacle although at times it can leave me feeling both elated & deflated, generally I savour every second of the game from my armchair (or barstool),
For those of you who say you can not support both teams, I disagree. For he who says a home fan is not a supporter I say grow up.

Posted by Brian on 26 September 2012 at 18:36

It doesn't really matter who wins tonight as long as a)it's a good game from both teams and b)the small minority of troublemakers behave in and around the match!
Have a great evening!
P.S. Go Blues!!!

Posted by Who cares! on 26 September 2012 at 14:36

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