What Does Success Mean for Long-Suffering Sports Fans? An Identity Crisis, Researchers Say

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In 1987, during a dark period in English soccer, a Manchester City Football Club fan, Frank Newton, brought a five-foot inflatable banana to a game. This sparked a trend of other fans bringing inflatable sharks, airplanes and wading pools, as a way to cope with the team’s notorious failure. Fast forward to 2012 when the team was bought by a billionaire, and they won the Premier League title for the first time since 1968. But…are inflatable toys still a feature of their games? Read full article here

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