By Ovgu Dogan
Sabah newspaper, Ankara supplement. Sunday June 4.
Saying that he hasn't missed a single Ankaragucu match in seven years, Scottish Jim Chalmers says, "It's amazing that Ankara people support Istanbul teams. It's time for them to stop and give support to their own teams."
Jim Chalmers has been teaching in Turkey for many years and since 1999 he has been supporting Ankaragucu by being in the stands at every match. Jim says he was introduced to Ankaragucu by former footballer Zalad and says:
"while there are teams in Ankara, it is amazing that Ankara people support Istanbul teams. Ankara people should love their city and their teams more. For our group of foreigners in Ankara who go to every match to support our team (to see) that Ankara people do not come is extremely shameful."
Chalmers says that Ankaragucu Chairman Cemal Aydin is a good chairman but he must become more ambitious:
"For the team to reach greater hights the chairman must become more ambitious. In addition if the fans fill the stands the club will earn money. In that case Cemel Aydin wouldn't be left having to sell players. Ankara businesspeople must give more help to the teams. The club should open a licensed merchandise store at the stadium."
Noting that with some foreigners in Turkey he has started an internet site which deals solely with Ankara football, Chalmers says:
"We go to every match and we show ourselves. Ankara people need to take us as an example. The many people in the group from all over the world that we have established on the internet talk about Ankara football, that is, Ankara teams.
In addition, Umut Bulut leaving the team will be a big loss says Chalmers, a total Bulut admirer.
EDIT: Mrs Oz Kanka has made a few slight changes to Oz Kankas translation. Nothing major though.