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4 in 10 sports fans admit they’re superstitious

“Fans are a passionate bunch and will do anything they can to give their side an edge, whether it’s got any basis in reality or not."

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By Grant Bailey, 72Point via SWNS

Four in 10 sports fans admit they're superstitious and wear a pair of lucky socks - or sit in a preferred seat at home or in the stadium - for critical sporting events.

Research of 2,000 people, who watch sports, revealed 25 percent will carry out unusual rituals ahead of a game to help improve their luck for a good result.

Of these, when watching at home, 23 percent must sit on the same part of the sofa for any game, while 24 percent will kiss the badge of their beloved club or nation.

And to avoid cursing their favorite team, 22 percent will refuse to watch a match with specific people they deem unlucky.


During tournaments, 23 percent of superstitious sports fans even claim they won’t wash if the results are going the right way.

A spokesman for, which commissioned the research, said: “Clearly, the nation’s sports lovers are full of superstition.

“Fans are a passionate bunch and will do anything they can to give their side an edge, whether it’s got any basis in reality or not.

“For many, this is probably based on a feeling of frustration they can’t actually get on the field and help the team that way, so it makes them feel they’re doing something.”

When it comes to watching live sports, 22 percent will sit in the same lucky seat in the stadium, and the same percentage won’t wash a lucky item of clothing.

Another 18 percent will call on a higher power and say a prayer if they feel their team or favorite athlete needs a boost.

Overall, 58 percent of respondents believe in luck - both good and bad - and one in 10 feel their favorite sports team or personality is generally unlucky.


Of those with sporting rituals, 91 percent genuinely believe the outcome of an event has been impacted by their pre-event habit.

More than half (56 percent) have had a gut feeling in the past their favorite performer was going to do the business.

And 32 percent always trust their gut feeling when it comes to the outcome of a sporting event, according to the OnePoll figures.’s spokesperson added: “Sports fans usually fall into a fatal trap when it comes to their own sides - overconfidence.

“Especially when it comes to things like putting a bet on a game, either as a single result or in an accumulator.

“Trusting your gut is great when it’s something you can be somewhat impartial towards - but sports lovers are often led by their heart, and not their head.”


  1. Kissed the badge or emblem of your team
  2. Refused to wash for the duration of the tournament
  3. Sat in the same ‘lucky’ spot to watch from home
  4. Avoided watching the event with specific ‘unlucky’ people
  5. Sat in the same ‘lucky’ seat when watching from the stadium/venue
  6. Refused to wash your ‘lucky’ item of clothing for the duration of the tournament
  7. Put on a specific sports shirt or jersey
  8. Put on a lucky pair of socks
  9. Said a prayer
  10. Eaten the same pre-match meal
  11. Put on a lucky bet
  12. Watched the event with specific ‘lucky’ people
  13. Sang a specific chant
  14. Wore your lucky number

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