Politicians have always embraced associations with football clubs as a way to identify with their idea of the common man, but Arsenal, Aston Villa and Leeds will all have reasons to hope they do not follow in their famous fan’s footsteps.
Arsenal – Nick Clegg
It is May 2010, and if you’re Nick Clegg – and back then some people might have wanted to be – your stock has never been higher.
The Liberal Democrats have grabbed their largest popular vote since the party’s creation and hold the fate of the country in their hands, able to side with either Labour or the Tories to form the government.
Unfortunately it’s all been downhill from there for Nick, whatever spin the deputy PM tried to put on his time in office during his recent party conference speech.
Arsenal fans will be worried that their most prominent Parliamentary supporter’s downward trajectory might presage a similar fall from grace from their team, which is currently topping the table in England, and rampant in Europe.
Right now Arsenal are 16/1 to win the Champions League, and 9/2 to be Premier League champions, but should they mirror Clegg’s inept charge into the doldrums, the better bet will be that Arsene Wenger’s team will miss out on Champions League qualification at 29/20.
Aston Villa – David Cameron
Aston Villa will be happier to see their side follow David Cameron’s progress, as despite seemingly being respected by few, and admired by fewer, he is the Prime Minister after all.
However, one worry on the horizon is the chances of the Villanous Cameron being ejected from office come 2015, possibly at the hands of – and try not to laugh – self-confessed lapsed Leeds fan Ed Miliband.
Villa are 16/1 to be relegated this season, but it would be all the more surprising should Leeds replace them as Championship winners, with Brian McDermott’s side priced at 66/1.
Leeds United – Ed Miliband
Leeds are currently 11th in the Championship, with plenty of time to mount a charge into the play-off places, or even an automatic promotion spot.
Time is not the problem, but a lack of faith in their ability to make that step up has deterred backers, and lapsed or not, Miliband and his favoured club could both be in line for major disappointment in the next few years.
Crystal Palace – Nigel Farage
It could be worse of course, as if your most renowned political fan is Nigel Farage, you could spend the season lurching from one embarrassing disaster to another.
Sorry, Crystal Palace.