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October 27, 2010
UK home away from home for Niners

I've never seen a walk-through get so much attention. As the 49ers went through the paces Wednesday morning, more than 30 reporters, cameramen and staffers were gathered on a slight rise about the field in observation. And only a small percentage was Americans. The rest were UK-based reporters and crew who had driven a half hour east from London to the green, quiet pastureland in Hertfordshire where the 49ers are conducting their practices this week.

That the U.K. would supply a nice turnout is no surprise. According to NFLUK, the 49ers are the third most-popular NFL team here, trailing only the Patriots and Dolphins. On that note, I am seeking some British 49ers fans for an upcoming story. I'm especially interested in Brits who became fans during the 1980s. If that's you and you don't mind being quoted, please tell me the story of how your fandom began. Include name, age and where you're from. Email me at mbarrows@sacbee.com.

Popularity Contest
1. Patriots
2. Dolphins
3. 49ers
4. Giants
5. Redskins
6. Cowboys
7. Bears
8. Eagles
9. Packers
10. Raiders
(Broncos come it at No. 14)
Source: NFLUK.


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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