This is the Japan Wolves Supporters Club website and blog, brought to you by J-Wolf, a fan originally from Dudley in the West Midlands of England. Based in Fukuoka City on Japan’s westernmost main island of Kyushu, the supporters club is the result of almost twenty years of following Wolves from Japan where I have often been asked ‘When are you going to set up Japan Wolves?’ Well, here we are. We are Japan Wolves.
On the eve of the World Cup in Russia, I decided to set up the club and spread the word of Wolves in Japan. With the loan signing of Raul Jimenez from Benfica, I realised that Wolves actually were back in the big time. It sunk in. This time, it could be long term. Gone are the days of British excuses. However, while it is a pleasure to see Wolves embracing an internationalist approach to the game, Wolves are now owned by an international investment company and so fans are presented with different issues to address. Whose club is it? What kind of internationalism is this? What is football about? Do the fans really have a say? Are fans expected to be passive and at the same time passionate consumers of modern gladiatorial contests?
While the main pages of the site are informational and the Japanese language page is designed for Japanese people to learn about Wolves, the blog is where you can find my views on much more than Wolves FC. There will be stuff for Wolves fans interested in finding out about football in Japan, but also posts on the importance of football in society and the roles that fans have played at different clubs and in different countries in influencing the development of the game. The blog is for fans around the world. It’s for people who love the game and the ordinary things that go along with it. It’s also for the footballers, who are living our dreams.
Anyway! I hope you find something interesting here.
Up the Wolves!
J-Wolf, ay it?