Mumbai City FC supporters’ club rally in support of own team
They have made themselves heard and seen with their vociferous chants and huge “This is Mumbai” banner at the first two of Mumbai City FC’s home matches played at the DY Patil Stadium here in Navi Mumbai. And you can be sure that they will continue to be seen and heard at the club’s remaining five home matches in the Hero Indian Super League.
They are some 360 plus (and growing) season ticket holders for all of Mumbai City FC’s home matches who have banded together under the banner of the official Mumbai City FC Supporters Club to cheer and support the local team just like club supporters do in Europe and other football crazy countries the world over.
“We’re just a group of people from all over Mumbai, sitting in P stand, first block; that’s where we’ll sit, that’s where we’ll shout and that’s where we’ll do our thing,” young businessman Himanshu Ranka, a member of the club, told Indiansuperleague.com before the kick-off of the Mumbai City vs NorthEast United FC match.
Mayur Mandlik, one of the members of the club, residing in Navi Mumbai is extremely pleased with the way football enthusiasts have flocked together to support their club in the Hero Indian Super League. “It is heartening to see that people are coming to the stadium and organising screenings. We even had the gaffer, Peter Reid, come down to one of our screenings. It just shows that all the support we dole out, is appreciated by our team.”
The Mumbai City FC Supporters Club, who now have their own Facebook page, are actually a collection of supporters of the Mumbai wing of mainly four English Premiership clubs – Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal – who all got together to form this new entity. They hail from all over the maximum city’ and its satellite city as well.
“We know each other for the past five-six years, and we’ve been seeing foreign fans going to the stadiums to watch their clubs in action. Here, around 100-200 of us meet in a pub and watch the English Premier League matches together. We’ve been supporting teams that are some 1,500 kms or more away. So we just met over it and decided that we have to do something like this for Mumbai City FC as well,” said Tanay Ganatra, a software engineer and Liverpool supporter.
Explaining the rationale behind the move, he added: “”We have the people, we now have a local team, so why not form a supporters’ club and make sure we’re there for each and every match?”
Annujj Palaye, an ad agency executive, added his own take on the issue: “We wanted to experience the atmosphere where we, as local fans, go to the stadium and cheer for our own local team, so we came together for that. We’ve been coordinating officially with the club and they have been very supportive of us, they’ve even provided us the option of buying season tickets so that we could watch the matches,” he revealed.
As Mumbai City FC’s campaign in the ISL gathers momentum, the supporters’ club members will make sure they are there in full strength to cheer them all the way!