Like father like son: Clough, Redknapp and Co prove football is a family affair

17 March 2009 05:21
When it comes to picking the football team you will follow, it seems Dad knows best.

Almost a third of us follow in our father's footsteps and support our dad's team, although the allegiances of grandfathers, brothers and mums also play a part.

For Jamie Redknapp, that has meant cheering on Bournemouth, West Ham, Portsmouth (twice), Southampton and now Spurs as he follows his father, Harry, at the different clubs he has managed.

Happy bunch: Harry and son Jamie

'I've always supported whatever team dad was involved in,' he said. 'I'll always check the Spurs result first now, but I was cheering him on last year when he picked up the FA Cup with Portsmouth. Over and above supporting any specific team, I support my dad.

'It comes as no surprise to me to see that families are a stronger influence than some of the world's best players or even where you live, as it's definitely true for me.'Harry added: 'Football is really important in our house, it has been for years.

 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Learn to be a Spurs star with Harry and Jamie Redknapp's football skills masterclass

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'My dad was a huge influence over me when I was growing up and breaking into football. He got me started really. He was a huge football fan and would go to any match he could, and I suppose I've passed that on to Jamie, too.'

Location (logical), supporting a team because of a particular match (perhaps), following a club because your mate does (ridiculous) or supporting a team because of a particular player (downright ludicrous - what if he moves?) were the other reasons fans gave for their football allegiance.

The survey, by FA Cup sponsor E.ON, also found that star players, including George Best, Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Sir Bobby Charlton and David Beckham, were the reason some people started supporting Manchester United.

Icon: David Beckham in his Manchester United years

Like father, like son.

Sir Alex and Darren FergusonFergie Junior, 37, followed his father into management when he took over at Peterborough United in January 2007. Promotion to League One followed, but Darren has one heck of an act to follow, as Sir Alex, 67, celebrates his 23rd season at Manchester United by targeting an unprecedented five trophies.

Alan and Alan BallAlan Ball Snr, who had two spells as Halifax Town boss and managedPreston North End, was the father of World Cup winner Alan Ball, whomanaged Blackpool, Portsmouth (twice), Stoke City, Exeter City,Southampton and Manchester City.

Alex Ferguson

Darren Ferguson

Harry and Jamie RedknappReports in December suggested Jamie Redknapp would follow in his father's managerial footsteps by taking his coaching badges whilst working with Chelsea's reserve squad.

But Jamie, 35, seems content to persevere with his career in the media, leaving Harry, 62, to steer Spurs to Barclays Premier League safety.

Don and Gary MegsonDon Megson, the Sheffield Wednesday skipper and a former manager ofBournemouth (March to October 1983) and Bristol Rovers (1972-77), wasfollowed into the game by his son, Gary, the Bolton Wanderers boss.

Megson Junior has managed eight clubs (Leicester City, NottinghamForest, West Brom, Stoke City, Stockport County, Blackpool, NorwichCity and Bolton) in the 13 years since he took charge of the Canariesas caretaker manager in December 1995.

Brian Clough

Nigel Clough

Brian and Nigel CloughOld Big 'Ead's son was born in the year England won the World Cup and seemed destined to follow his father into management.

Brian Clough won everything in football, bar the FA Cup, and let unfashionable Nottingham Forest to consecutive European Cup triumphs in 1979 and 1980 - the only manager ever to achieve this feat.

The Clough fairy tale was completed in January when Nigel, 43, left non-league Burton Albion after 10 years and joined Derby County, the club that his father led to the league title in 1972.

 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Learn to be a Spurs star with Harry and Jamie Redknapp's football skills masterclass

Look and learn, Nigel: A lesson for Clough Jnr from the master

I'll be my own man, promises the son of Sir Alex



 

Source: Daily_Mail