Football League fans know how to enjoy themselves

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Some football fans choose the easy route and decide to support a team that are always in the hunt for silverware, while others will be born into families who know what it is like to follow sides at the top.

But spare a thought for those who are forced, or often chose, to adopt a team who enjoy far less fortune and would never expect to reach the Premier League in their most wild of dreams.

However, is it the case that these fans of 'lower league football' do indeed have a better time of it than those supporting top-tier sides? Michael Hale believes so, and here are five reasons why...

1) The Cup

Every year pundits and fans alike talk about the magic of the cup but, for Premier League sides, these knockout competitions can be seen as full of potential banana skin ties and possible embarrassment.

Most lower league sides will still prioritise the league over the cup, but there is nothing better than being drawn against one of the country's big guns.

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Yeovil are having an awful season so far, winning just once at home, but the Manchester United game did not only provide money - it offered belief and a chance for the lowly Somerset outfit to pull of a shock against the world's biggest club.

The passion lower league and non-league clubs bring to the FA Cup really does keep the 'magic of the Cup' alive.

2)  Tickets

As much as it'd be nice to sit in packed out stadiums week to week, just like in the Premier League, there's a comfort in knowing you can turn up five minutes before kick off at most lower league clubs and still be able to get tickets.

Not only that but should, a Premier League club get to the hallowed turf of Wembley in any competition, it is very unlikely for most fans to be able to get a ticket. If a lower league club gets to Wembley, the chances are, unless it is one of the Football League's fallen giants, that the fans of that team will be sitting on the red seats, rather than their sofa when their side comes out the tunnel.

3) 'Proper football'

Fans of League One and Two have even less time for diving and faking injury than the average Premier League fan.

Yes the quality may not be quite at the same level, but I'd much rather see 90 minutes of getting stuck in than seeing players roll around on the floor as if they have a broken leg, before sprinting and scoring two minutes later.

4) The Grounds

Yes, the Emirates Stadium is a great venue, but it is nothing on Crawley's Broadfield Stadium. Obviously there's sarcasm in that, but the Premier League grounds can also make football games seem like it is more of an event, than simply football.

Although the Premier League is full of grounds much bigger and nicer than the football league, there's nothing like standing on a terrace with a chicken balti pie, freezing everything you have off for your team.

Another benefit is, at a lot of grounds, you can sit where you like. As much as people want the atmosphere at a ground, it's sometimes quite nice to have an aisle to yourself.

5) The Passion

People will question this factor and it does alter between fans and players of all clubs, but in general, lower league fans seem to be more passionate about their teams.

Yes there might be only 180 going to Tranmere away, but a lot of Premier League fans wouldn't think of travelling for hours to a lower league ground knowing that they are more likely than not to lose.

The passion lower league fans have also allows them to have a laugh. Hartlepool's fancy dress away days are well known, even when at times when they have nothing to celebrate. They even dressed up when they were relegated from League One.

There is no doubt rivalled passion in certain Premier League games, such as the Merseyside and north London derby, but that sort of passion is rarely illustrated in the top tier.

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