Created on 2015-08-17 at 17:00 PM
Thanks to Pack MASS, FC Bayern has a home in the Bay State. Since its founding in 2013, the fan club has grown to over 18 members. In the twelfth installment of our fan club profile series, we hear from Pack MASS president Peter Manson about becoming a fan, how the fan club started, and some of the best moments with the fan club. To learn more about Pack MASS, visit it on social media and at its location The Blackstone Grill in Boston.
How did you become an FC Bayern fan & what made you start a fan club?
I’ve been a soccer fan since I was young. Here in New England we had the Tea Men but they moved to Florida. The closest team was the New York Cosmos, who had Beckenbauer on the team. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, however, I was an ardent FC Bayern fan, and that continues to this day. Now with the internet, live televised games, and more people getting into soccer in the U.S. today it has become so much easier to follow. I had always talked about it informally with people at the bars I watched the games at. However, involvement with other supporters groups here in Boston made me think of starting one officially. As it turned out, in the 2013-2014 season the bar I was watching games at was the Real Madrid supporters’ bar. With the help of some people from supporters groups for English clubs, I started an FC Bayern group. It has grown from an initial four people to 18 officially registered members. It’s like a dream come true.
What is your favorite part about being involved with a fan club?
Getting to meet with new Bayern fans in the area. Growing up the only American Bayern fan that I knew in the area, I was isolated in my support. Now, being able to use social media to connect people more easily, I hope to not only benefit from that but to also become a facilitator in helping inspire new people to become Bayern fans and learn more about the club, from its current performances to its history and culture that really separates it from other clubs.
Do you have a favorite moment with the fan club?
Personally, my favorite moment was when I opened the letter that said we were official… especially since I was working on a trivia event at the time and had been researching Raimond Aumann, and there his name and signature were on it. As a club, it’s probably a toss-up between the 7-1 Roma match, which at the time the 6 people for our 3rd gathering was our highest-attended event, and the 7-0 win vs Donetsk, which to date is our highest-attended game. The 1-0 win over Manchester City also helped us start the club, in discussions during the celebration of the victory.
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