Football fans care more about their team being promoted than receiving a promotion at work themselves, according to new research.As the Football League Play-Offs reach their climax, over 90 per cent of supporters believe that football has a direct impact on their mood.
One in five fans confessed to having previously suffered from stress and over a quarter admitted to feelings of anxiety ahead of a big game.
Once the referee blows the final whistle, supporters will either look to kick-start their celebrations or console themselves, depending on how their team performed.
According to the survey by Capital One - the official credit card of the Football League - fans nursing a loss prefer to be comforted by their favourite TV show, whilst over a quarter would prefer to tuck into their favourite meal. Other key findings from the survey revealed:
• More than a quarter of supporters tend to avoid reading the newspaper after their team suffers a loss
• Turning off mobile phones and unplugging the radio are common practice following a defeat
• Male football fans would rather see their team secure promotion than celebrate Christmas
• Whilst some like a hug, many prefer an alcoholic beverage to soften the blow of a big loss
Jason Carr, head of sponsorship at Capital One, said: “At Capital One we understand that the end of the football season, and the Play-Offs in particular, can be an emotional time for fans.
“We have developed a guide to provide the friends and family of supporters with tips and guidance to help their loved ones as we draw a close on another exhilarating season.”
The Capital One Support Guide contains priceless advice on how to negotiate the pressures at home ahead of, during, and after the final game of the season.
Click here to view the Capital One Support Guide