There were lots of lads at the games who wouldn't normally set foot in the Aviva that were in Poland. However, they were some of the best lads I met out there! They were great craic and entered in to the spirit and behaved themselves the way we expect Irish fans to. Many of them admitted that they were "bandwagon". Some enjoyed themselves so much that they said that they will start going to the home games in the future and making that effort. It's nothing new that people get on the bandwagon. I remember some of Jack's earliest games having dire attendances.
Yes, I might smirk at many of the Sky Tv "Football was only invented after 1993" brigade. I've met a few whoppers out there in pubs who think that Liverpool and Everton have never been champions etc. Really, they do little harm. Many of them would be the type of lads that I spent great evenings with in Poland.
There is also the superfan syndrome of guys that think they have a divine right to their team. I witnessed in Poland two lads wearing league of Ireland jerseys trying to antagonise Spanish fans by grabbing their flag and attempting to urinate on it. I had spoken to them earlier and they told me they hadn't missed an Ireland game home or away for 13 years. They were moaning about all the rugby ang gaa brigade who were in Poland and bumping up the prices for the "good Irish fans who are loyal". This was the only bad moment I saw from our fans in Poland in two weeks. It is noteworthy that they were quickly dealt with, not by the Spanish, but by two groups of Irish lads - one waering Cork City jerseys and another a group of lads wearing Dublin GAA/Leinster jerseys.
All in all, our fans whether seasoned fans or event junkies were outstanding.