Where I stand on sport…

It’s a typical ice-breaker question I don’t like to be asked: which football team do you support?

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Lincoln City Football Club made history in their match against Burnley this weekend. Photo: blogdroed on Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/legalcode.

England is the easy answer – everyone unites over patriotism. It’s when you’re forced to name a local team that I struggle, because sport doesn’t interest me.

Well, that is when it’s a sports story. When a football team transcends the back page of a newspaper and becomes a news story, that’s when I pay attention.

This shift from sports to news happened yesterday, when Lincoln City won against Burnley and became the first non-league club to get to the FA Cup quarter-finals since 1914.

As a second year journalism student at the University of Lincoln, there’s that ‘second home’ feeling which really makes me proud to be studying in the city at a time when history was made. Talk of an ordinary match would probably remain with football fans, but greater success often leads to the whole community getting behind them, regardless of how much they like football.

So whilst I’m not the biggest sports fan, I have reported on football news whilst in Lincoln and as with any skill, it’s something I’ll look to improve upon when opportunities arise. But for now, it’s worth saying a big congratulations to Danny Cowley and the players at Lincoln City Football Club. Up the Imps!

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