How to spot him: Cycling in to work with grim-faced determination, despite the weather looking like a fore cursor to the apocalypse. Another variation can be found glued to the sofa, can of lager in hand, watching 22 other men chase a ball around.
What to get him:
You’ll have to work out which of these two types he is, which can be roughly determined by the size of his waistline. This is important. Getting some new kit for an armchair supporter might look a bit pointed!
Ideal Present: A pair of matchday tickets is the holy-grail of Christmas gifts for the sports fan, but they can be tricky to get hold of, particularly for football. It’s worth trying ticket exchange sites like Viagogo if his team’s matches are always sold-out. Trust us though, if you can get hold of a set, you’ve just guaranteed yourself a berth in his girlfriend hall-of-fame.
Worst Present: Don’t book him in to anything on a Saturday. A lovely romantic weekend away will almost certainly be soured if it falls on Cup Final day.