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While one might assume that the pub is still the primary social hub for football fans, there are in fact vast online communities based on outmoded internet forums. For many, they are where the last vestiges of true football fandom reside.
After nine months and 45 games, the battle for automatic promotion from the Championship remains intensely close. For either Middlesbrough or Brighton, the Premier League is just 90 minutes away.
Ahead of their deciding Championship tie, we asked a fan of Middlesbrough and Brighton for their perspective on the promotion battle, the potential of facing the playoffs, and how their sides would cope in the Premier League
Though homophobia is still a significant problem for the beautiful game, there's plenty of cause for LGBT fans to feel optimistic.