On June 1, Man City Square introduced its exclusive “We’re Not Really Here” article series. Over the next few months, Man City Square will be speaking with the various Man City Supporter Groups throughout the United States to learn more about the fans, their love for Manchester City, and other facts about these groups.
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The fifth Supporters Club featured in this series hails from Columbus, Ohio. This group was officially established in 2018. The Columbus Cityzens gather at the Endeavor Brewing and Spirits Company to watch and cheer on their beloved Manchester City.
Initially part of the Cincinnati, Ohio Supporters Club, residents in Columbus decided to form their own branch, given the long distance between Cincinnati and Columbus. This presented an opportunity for Manchester City supporters in Columbus to gather on a more regular basis.
Outside of football, the Columbus Cityzens have participated in a variety of charity drives throughout the city. In 2019, this Supporters Club helped raise school supplies and materials for the Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS). CRIS is a “non-profit organization that serves the refugee and immigration populations in Central Ohio.”
Many members of the Columbus Cityzens are also Columbus Crew season ticket holders, a Major League Soccer (MLS) club based in Columbus. The Columbus Cityzens played a vital role in the “Save the Crew” movement. “Save the Crew” was an effort organized by Columbus residents who fought to prevent the relocation of their MLS club, Columbus Crew. In the end, the fans won, and the MLS club stayed in their beloved city.
Overall, the actions of this Supporters Club have helped establish a sense of community in Columbus. The members of the Columbus Cityzens have worked tirelessly to make their home a better place, and they have volunteered and donated to important causes within the community.
Man City Square would like to thank the Columbus Cityzens for their time and participation in this report.
Interested in participating in Man City Square’s “We’re Not Really Here” (WNRH) article series? Please contact contributor Mark Temnycky on Twitter at @mtemnycky.