David is from England and a fan of FC Zenit, Russia.
David’s interest in Russian football started with a play by mail league, where he played as Torpedo Moscow. An early adopter of Twitter, how Zenith interacted with their fans on Twitter, and his early memory is of Hulk scoring a mind-blowing free-kick.
He’s half English and half Mauritian, he talked to me about his inspiration to start the Twitter handle @FC Zenit Mauritius to promote the club on the island.
He’s got an interesting bunch of teams that he follows. He’s a former West Ham fan, who now supports Leyton Orient, with a soft spot for Sunderland.
We went on to discuss club rivals, Spartak Moscow, and his pick for club legend Arshavin.
David discussed the Russian Football watching community from across the world that follows the club religiously.
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Kokorin is a player he feels deserves a bit more praise for his time at the club. And Andrei Mostovoy is a young player he’s looking to see more of.
I asked him what made him pick Leyton Orient after being disillusioned with West Ham.
David’s also got a podcast called The Retro Wet Shaving Podcast with the @dyspraxicshaver
We went on to discuss Dyspraxia, a coordination disorder that David was diagnosed with last year, because of which he can is unable to drive.
He talked to me about his collecting of Kit and programs, once of which is from the 1970’s when Zenit played his hometown team of Southend United.
Do listen to Dave’s wonderful response when I ask him what following the club has brought to his life.