Hello to the readers,
I am here after a long break…
Today I am here to give an overview of something exciting, something that I am really excited to be part of…
We call it…
The Orange Army
Well, being a Huge football fanatic and a Red Devil at heart for a long time of my short life so far, It has always been a dream to have a Football culture in my own town just like the one that I have seen on TV and social media like Twitter…
Thanks to local supporters group, I was able get a glimpse of it at the local screenings.
All the chanting and cursing and singing and celebrating… but… Something big was missing, “The ground” and the feel of supporting your own town….. No matter how much we love a club, thousands of miles away from the home, for a true Indian football lover, the Indian part always wishes if we had something as big as EPL or La Liga or Bundesliga!
So an Initiative called, Indian Super League bought some excitement for all those “INDIAN” football fans, that were dreaming of going to the stadiums for the home games, supporting your City and watching, some of the all time greats of football representing your own team.
And icing on the cake was, having your beloved city’s team in something this big that was about to happen in your country! After all, all we Punekars need is something to have “Burning pride”(or as P.L. Deshpande would have put it, “जाज्वल्य अभिमान “) about, something to brag about, right?
So I was extremely happy and proudly bragging about “FC Pune City‘ from the day the logo and the name was announced!
So while bragging about my yet to born team over the social network, I met few like minded guys, who were equally interested in making this big, and since then we have been together in doing all the bragging, cheering, fighting (twitter wars) and things like being headache to the security at the airport (in order to welcome the team and get the flags signed)…
So this was about, how the Orange Army was born…
The name was given during one of our twitter battles to understand the allies in the battle!
Now Part II of the story,
Because of efforts by one of our group Members, We were noticed by the CEO of the team Mr, Modwel Sir.
Sir was really impressed by the enthusiasm of Orange Army members and he is equally interested in making football a huge thing in Pune and in India. So after a no. of talks between him and our small supporters club, He agreed to give us a official fan base status!
So a date and place were decided for the first
Orange Army meet
A meeting between the club officials and the fans in order to discuss “How to make next ISL a huge success in Pune”…
And 1st thing I would like to note here is, I am really really impressed with club’s attitude towards fans! We had a really good friendly interaction with almost all departments that are involved in the club’s management.
When there are fans in Europe crying about not having any say in club’s decisions, we got to express our views related to everything, right from jersey designs to marquee player options, fro grass root programs to how to get more people to the stadium!
And to make it even better, club surprised us by inviting, few of the Indian players in the squad… And we actually had interaction with the players over the refreshments, just like, we do with friends…
The outcomes of the meet :
- We have a Official FC Pune City Fan Club.
- We are going to make it bigger and at the same time well organized
- Club is ready to support all the activities under the Orange Army’s name.
Now moving to the last part,
This is sort of a request based on observations from past ISL…
To all the Punekar Footy lovers,
I have observed that, Very few of you are actually taking ISL seriously… Why so?
Guys, over the years we have been loyally supporting our favorite European clubs, right?
Haven’t you guys once dreamed of having a club of your own home town? Your own home team? where you can actually go to the home stadium, maybe traveling to away games as well, chanting, cursing, celebrating on the stadium.
With I league, it was not that fun (Actually it should have been!), but also none of the I League team bothered much to interact and increase the fan base… And what they did wasn’t enough..
But with ISL, all the required glamor has arrived to football, to our cities, some of our own European legends are coming to play for us…
And especially for us, Punekars, We have a team, really ready to reach to us, involve us, make us part of it… then why not join in and be a part?
Remember how we all stood behind that Sahara team (I don’t consider it a Pune team), no matter how embarrassing they were for us, for the city, we went to the stadium in huge numbers and spent good money to watch them lose… Did they ever asked Punekars about what we want?
Now you have a team which is willing to listen to you, every level in the management is reachable for the fans, all they want, is our support, some noise at the stadiums, and very less money compared to what you paid for PWI games…
ISL is new, Football is still growing in India, so if your reason is quality of the game is poor, then also tell me, how will it increase if people like us, who understand the game’s importance, don’t support it? Do you think the big European clubs grew without fans’ support?
It will never improve if we don’t support it from scratch… So come, join the army, turn Orange for three months this season…
No matter which club you support in Europe, support our Pune for 3 months…
Mumbaikars traveled with their teams last season, Kolkata and teams from north east and Goa had a huge support wherever they went, even Chennai and Kerala fans did well…
In Delhi, Supporter clubs of Clubs like MUFC stood behind their teams!
Then why not us? Why were the supporters in Pune not able to unite?
Guys I am telling you We have great team management, who have accepted some poor decisions were taken last season. But it was 1st time, we all make poor decisions, don’t we? (Think about your Ex, if you think you haven’t)
Now as a member of Orange Army, what, we expect from you…
Be an active part…
Club has some great plans for us…
- away game tours,
- A dedicated stand in the home stadium ,etc
We have a Facebook group as well as a Page, a Twitter handle, Whatsapp groups and a lot of Activities planned for future.
So join in and contribute as much as possible, tell your friends, spread the word!
Links to contact us :
Facebook Group :
Facebook Page :
Twitter Handle :
I am hoping to see a huge crowd in under the name of Orange Army in the stadium, singing for FCPC in the ISL 2!