This week Prince Charles declared his love for Burnley F.C, adding his name to an ever-growing list of random celebrity fans.
The Telegraph today reports that Prince Charles has pledged allegiance to Championship side Burnley.
Heir to the throne Charles is quoted saying “Some of you asked this evening whether I support a British football club and I said ‘yes, Burnley’.” But it’s his projects within the local area rather than a love for Eddie Howe that’s influenced his choice.
Charles continued, “People have responded ‘Burnley?’ Oh yes, because Burnley has been through some very challenging times and I’m trying to find ways of helping to regenerate and raise aspirations and self-esteem in that part of the world.”
Here are five more names that have resisted the glitz and glamour of more illustrious sides within the sport:
Cameron Diaz – Brentford
Hollywood actress Diaz claims to be a massive fan because former chairman of the Bees, Dan Tana, owns a Los Angeles eaterie, which is the restaurant ‘Du Jour’ for most movie superstars. She’d go there to catch up on all the latest news about Tana’s Brentford, and soon became a die hard supporter. Whether she was spotted singing ‘We love you Brentford’ on the terraces at Griffin Park is another matter.
Tom Hanks – Aston Villa
Forrest Gump star Hanks has spoken of his love for Aston Villa to just about anybody who’ll listen. When the Birmingham Mail asked for his opinion on the managerial vacancy at the club last summer, the actor replied “Is Brian Clough still alive? Can he take over?” On hearing that the former Nottingham Forest manager passed away, seven years ago, he said: “Then I am sorry I don’t know.”
Meatloaf – Hartlepool
The Bat out of Hell rock star is quoted saying “I started asking ‘What would be a really odd team for me to say that I root for?’ The person who I was talking to said Hartlepool. Fantastic!”
But that random choice soon blossomed into a genuine connection to the club: “Do I look and see ‘Did Hartlepool win?’ Yeah!!” Jeff Stelling is also a fan.
Michael Jackson – Fulham
Fulham fans were left reeling when the humbling sight of Jackson’s statue was revealed outside Craven Cottage. The superstar attended one match back in 1999, and chairman Mohammed Al-Fayed felt the glorious homage to the King of Pop was fitting for his club. Fulham were inspired to a 3-0 win over Blackpool on the day of the unveiling, and people soon forgot all about the fiasco.
Sylvester Stallone – Everton
The Rocky star watched the Toffees play Reading at Goodison back in 2007, and took to the pitch before the Premier League encounter. Stallone lofted his blue flag high in the air to rapturous applause from the Everton faithful, and from that day forth was a Toffee for life.