Our latest vox-pop style list gives an idea what part our national game of football plays in the lives of UK Cabaret subscribers. The Euro-finals are coming up and the nation’s obsession with the beautiful game will be heightened over the next few months. England’s fantastic away win in Germany over Easter will have raised expectations. So, which were the top ten teams and which UK Cabaret subscribers follow their teams most enthusiastically?
1/ Aston Villa may be languishing at the foot of the Premier League and , as we compile our list, the regular students of football at the Holt End look as though they will be playing Championship football next term. However this inconvenient fact won’t change the allegiance of Blackpool agent Mal Ford and Terrance De Brystow, of the Paper Wizard Company, who are Villa through and through.
2/ Manchester United quite predictably came up a lot in our poll, with reader David Beach, top agent Steve Lowrey of Shout Promotions and Wayne Slater-the creator and star of the Comedy Beastro show all swearing allegiance to the Red Devils.
3/ Liverpool fan Johnnie Martell presents his comedy vocal show, as well as a Neil Diamond songbook type genre tribute. Johnnie always watches out for the results now engineered by Klopp of the Kop, as he supports Liverpool Fc, despite living near Leeds!
4/Sheffield Wednesday fan Graham Stevens spends his tie as a singer, who always performs in a tribute act to The Housemartins and The Beautiful South. Graham’s choice of football stadium is Hillsborough, where the Sheffield club look as if they may be in with a shout of a return to the top tier of football this time around.
5/ Bristol City have recently taken the enormous risk of hiring Lee Johnson as their manager. Johnson walked out on Oldham, to a bigger club in Barnsley FC. Recently Johnson then walked out on Barnsley to become manager at a bigger club in Bristol. I’m sure that Bristol City supporter and west country comedian Mickey John Bull will be hoping that his beloved Bristol prove a big enough club for the fickle Johnson.
6/ Huddersfield Town is the chosen club of UK Cabaret reader Ian Jowett, who is the supremo at the Rowley Hill club in Huddersfield. Ian is a terrier through and through!
7/ West Ham Utd has been the focus for agent and booker Peter Allen. So much so that Mr Allen’s family recently arranged for Peter to be photographed in the home dug-out recently, which can’t be bad.
8/ Manchester City is a passion for agency supremo Ian Ding Davies of Dings Entertainments. The Squillionaire Manchester club have been eclipsed by Leicester City and their fairy-tale season this time around.
9/ Rotherham Utd and Sheffield Wednesday have a supporter each within the office of Angle Entertainments, with Johnny Stvan and son Shaun’s football allegiances between split between the Millers and The Owls.
10/ I am reserving the final mention on the list for our esteemed managing editor Mark Ritchie, who’s beloved Barnsley FC plays a major part in his life. Mark attends as many matches as he can, alongside his equally enthusiastic son Steven, who is himself a musician. Barnsley have just emerged victorious at Wembley, winning the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy by defeating the mighty Oxford United in the recent final. Barnsley are still also in with a shout of promotion to the Championship, which is also great news for UK Cabaret cartoonist Keith Mac who, along with his grandson Ashley, is a season ticket holder at Barnsley’s theatre of dreams.