10 Signs you're a S.League fan

How do you know if someone who claims to be a S.League fan is actually one? Here’s how...

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1) You actually know players who are not part of the national team

Let’s face it. When was the last time that you were actually surprised when the Singapore national team was announced?

In fact, reading the names of players called up might actually leave you feeling younger than ever especially when you realise that the likes of Daniel Bennett and Mustafic Fahrudin are still around.

If you know at least 10 players who are currently plying their trade in the local league and who have not been called up to the Lions’ squad before, then you’re likely an avid S.League fan.

Can you name any of the players above?

2) You know that kick-off times are not fixed

You have got to pity the younger fans of the S.League. Imagine being in their shoes, and telling their parents that they’ll be back home before 10 P.M. on a Friday evening because they are going to watch their favourite side in action at the Jalan Besar Stadium.

And then suddenly, a match slated to kick-off at 7.30 P.M. gets delayed due to the devil that is the lightning warning system till 8.30 P.M.

In fact, I have lost count of the number of times that I have had to return home past 11 P.M. due to the various delays.

So, if you react with hesitation that the match will actually kick-off at 7.30, you’re pretty much a S.League fan who has had to sit through countless of delays.

3) You go to the games for the footy and not the freebie

Yes, there is less of these shenanigans now but at least a year ago in the S.League, there were an abundance of freebies promised to entice Singaporeans to go down to the stadiums and watch the matches.

They ranged from free curry puffs to a pair of movie tickets. Some clubs like Geylang International even did lucky draws with top prizes like Apple iPads to ensure people would come to lend their support to the team, or at least till the winner of the draw was announced.

If you were there to watch a match and left home only with memories of the match and nothing else, you are indeed a S.League fan.

No, the scarves do not come for free