22 May 2018
7.30pm start at The Holbrook Club
We might have been without a match on Saturday but that didn’t stop some of our supporters from getting their regular fix of football, with fans taking in games at the likes of YMCA, Dorking and even Salisbury. But its just possible that the Horsham FC colours were being waved slightly further afield this weekend after we were recently contacted by Italian football fan and scarf-obsessive Andrea Nani.
Forty-eight year old Andrea still lives in his birthplace of Piacenza, some fifty miles south of Milan, and has been a fan of the world’s most popular sport since he was a child. Living within a stone’s throw of the local stadium, its unlikely that he would have escaped the appeal of the game and he recalls attending matches at the Stadio Leonardo Garilli with his father from an early age, often staying out all day to try and re-enact what he had seen produced by his local heroes.
Naturally enough, Piacenza Calcio 1919 is Andrea’s one and only club although he confesses to having had some past admiration for AC Fiorentina during the emergence of a certain Roberto Baggio. But like most fans he admits to taking an interest in the progress of other clubs, with this rather eclectic mix including Millwall, SG Dynamo Dresden, Belarussian side FK Gomel, and FK Buducnost Podgorica from Montenegro. When asked why these sides should take his interest, Andrea acknowledged that “it’s hard and a bit long to explain!”.
But as well as Piacenza, Andrea’s main passion is collecting European football scarves. “I can’t exactly remember how it started,” he told us. “At the beginning I just brought home some scarves from my travels as a souvenir. Later it became a real fondness. I have more or less 1,800 scarves. Mostly I like scarves from lower league clubs, especially from the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia and Ukraine. You can see many of them on my Facebook page”.
We are delighted to say that a Horsham scarf now adorns his growing collection and, although he has yet to upload an image of it to his social media page, Andrea very kindly sent us a photo of him proudly displaying his new purchase at a recent Piacenza match.
Thank you, Andrea, and keeping flying the flag (or scarf) for the Hornets!