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Fan of the Week: Dave Clarke

Horsham fanatic Dave Clarke is a very happy man this week - and not just because he's our Fan of the Week...

For years Dave, a proud member of Horsham¹s renowned fans - the Lardy Boys, has lived in Slough and had to make the 65 mile round trip to see Horsham play.

But a new job in Guildford means he can now make Horsham his home and, to his great delight, this will make following the Hornets a great deal easier.

Dave had always loved his football but had no affiliation to any particular team until his brother invited him to a Horsham game and he was instantly hooked.

He said: "As soon as I went to a Horsham game, I knew it was for me. It was all-consuming. A couple of hours enjoying the football, enjoying the banter of the crowd and just having a great time."

Of course, Horsham's legendary fans the Lardy Boys made it a lot easier for Dave to enjoy his football, win, lose or draw.

"There are fans like Pete Tanner and other Lardy Boys who have supported the club for decades and their support is both passionate and self-deprecating"

Dave Clarke

The Lardy Boys have grown into a phenomenon and have won friends across NonLeague football. They love all things unhealthy, so lager and burgers are on the menu and songs glorifying their hatred of low-fat spread ring out from the stands.

As Dave explained: "There are fans like Pete Tanner and other Lardy Boys who have supported the club for decades and their support is both passionate and self-deprecating. And they make new fans very welcome as well, it's not all cliquey."

Some of the Lardy Boys songs are legendary among NonLeague football supporters. Classics heard across the grounds of the country included 'No surrender, no surrender, no surrender to the low-fat spread' 'all you need is Lard' and 'Give me lard in my heart, keep me Horsham.'

These and hundred more terrace chants have been written down in a ledger called the Holy Scrolls and it is currently Dave who is the keeper of the Scrolls.

The 37-year-old scientist said: "It is an honour to look after the Holy Scrolls but when travelling to an away game at least one more song is invented so I have to make sure that scrap of paper containing the lyrics is added to the scrolls."

This season Dave took his support for Horsham to a new level by going to the FA Cup game against Chippenham dressed as Jesus.

Recalling the game Dave said: "I wanted to do something different for the FA Cup and it just seemed a bit of fun. I wouldn't have dressed up as Jesus for a league game though that would have been just ridiculous."

And now Dave is in heaven thanks to his impending move to Horsham itself.

Dave loves Horsham Football Club and NonLeague football and it is undeniable the sense of humour the Lardy Boys bring to their matches add to the attraction of the game.

last updated: 25/02/2008 at 10:47
created: 25/02/2008

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