Following In The Footsteps Of Spencer Austin: I Am Now a Barnet Fan

Andrew KearneyCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Clovis Kamdjo of Barnet in action during the pre-season friendly match between Barnet and Arsenal at Underhill on July 17, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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Being a football fan is great. That is undeniable.

Football can bring people together, even if they support different teams, in a way no other sport is capable of.

Sometimes though, you may want to try something a bit different. Something that can add a new perspective to the game and recently I came across the story of Spencer Austin.

Austin is unique amongst football fans. Formerly a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, he now has no set side. He supports whatever team is winning at the time until they lose at which point he will switch allegiance to the team that beat them.

The ultimate gloryhunter he may be but this approach allowed Austin to gain a unique insight into football fans psyche up and down the country in a way singular club support would never have allowed.

Some fans regarded him as a lucky charm, others as the kiss of death.

Now I intend to follow in his footsteps.

Austin would attend every game and live and work in that area until that side lost. My circumstance won't allow me to do that though I will make efforts to attend games wherever possible. 

To further show my commitment, I will bet £10 on every game for my chosen side to win (and only to win). I will bet in every competition be it the League, FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League, Europa League or even the Johnstones Paint Trophy. This could prove very profitable, it could prove very costly. A record will be kept on here of how I've progressed.

So, how to start. I could have started with my beloved Chelsea but I wanted my experience to be as random as the teams I might follow. So I took the names of all 92 Premier and Football League clubs and put them into a hat (a Tesco bag actually).

The name I pulled out was Barnet.

Barnet I was relatively pleased with as I have actually been to Underhill a couple of times however, I fear I won't be supporting them long.

The odds offered on Barnet to win are 9/2, their opponents on Saturday, Chesterfield, have odds of 8/13. There is of course good reason for this.

Last season, Chesterfield finished just 1 place outside the League Two play off spots. Barnet finished just two places above relegation zone.

All is not lost for Barnet though. Talk of the Barnet fans appears to be that the Bees have a bright, young team this season having replaced many of the older legs from last season.

Some of us (I can say that now) even think we'll be the surprise of the division.

Fingers crossed, this time next week I'll still be a Barnet fan.

Up the Bees!