The Manchester City corner flag. (Image courtesy Premiere League via Getty Images)
SOURCE: Manchester City Official Website

Fans of Manchester City in Trinidad and Tobago who created their own virtual fan club, have been welcomed with open arms by the football franchise, and obtained “Official Supporters Club (OSC)” designation.

“Manchester City has welcomed its first branch from Trinidad and Tobago into our Official Supporters Club,” read a news item on the football club’s official website.

The T&T club was set up by Chairperson Jovelle Jordan during the pandemic.  It operates virtually, using WhatsApp or Zoom to host meetings to discuss the beautiful game, or watch matches as played by their favourite, Manchester City.

L to R: Manchester City players Paulo Wanchope of Costa Rica, and Shaun Goater of Bermuda. (Images courtesy Manchester City website)

The Manchester City website feature on the T&T OSC notes that “several members of the Trinidad and Tobago branch have followed the Club’s fortunes for over 20 years, thanks to the exploits of fellow CONCACAF natives Shaun Goater (Bermuda) and Paulo Wanchope (Costa Rica).”

However, Jovelle Jordan’s love affair with Manchester City began in 2011— Mario Balotelli’s famous ‘Why Always Me’ celebration of the team’s 6-1 Manchester Derby win.

Jovelle had joined Twitter to keep track of her team during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and spotted an opportunity to set up the first Trinidad and Tobago OSC from one of the Club’s social media posts.

Jovelle Jordan, Chairperson of the Trinidad and Tobago Official Supporters Club for Manchester City. (Image courtesy Manchester City website)

“I formed this club not only to throw my wholehearted support behind the team I love, but also to share something that we could all get behind and feel a part of, even though we couldn’t be physically together,” Jordan explains in the website feature.

“Here in Trinidad and Tobago, Manchester United have a very strong following, due to Dwight Yorke, but to me I always carry a soft spot for the ones that people underestimate.  “To me, many at that time [2011] underestimated City. I have been a proud City fan since,” she stated.

Jovelle added: “As an Official Supporters Club, we hope in the near future we get the opportunity to actually, come together and enjoy a game.  We do hope as well to host many Charity events, (and) we are presently working on a Christmas project.”

Manchester City describes its OSCs as “our family around the world”.  There are more than 300 OSC branches, worldwide.

To find out more about Manchester City’s Official Supporters Club branches in Trinidad and Tobago, or other supporters clubs, visit www.mancity.com/supporters-clubs.