Considering the word “hipster” conjures up images of trendy and pretentious bearded, beanie-wearing, over-priced cereal-munching Nathan Barley types in tapered trousers and ironic Buddy Holly spectacles, you could be forgiven for presuming it to be … well, perhaps just a mite pejorative. These bastions of self-awareness aren’t everyone’s glass of Fernet-Branca and generally don’t refer to themselves as hipsters, presumably on the grounds that they presume gadding about Hoxton on a pogo stick or micro scooter to be completely normal behaviour and it is everyone else whose behaviour is odd. Besides, it’s not them to whom the term refers, it’s those other guys who look and act just like them in an outrageous bid to copy their unique style.
Although its precise origins remain mired in debate, the fairly recent introduction of the term “football hipster” into everyday parlance continues to amuse. A term of mockery for the kind of people who claim to find The Blizzard too mainstream, it used to describe a demographic who revel in the obscure by taking an interest – or at least pretending to take an interest – in niche aspects of football culture to which the greater general football-following public remain happily oblivious.
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