Introducing â€˜Behind the bannersâ€™, a feature dedicated to finding out more about ISL fan clubs sporting profiles, as we want to know more about the people behind the banners and slogans, the cheers and jeers, the riots and revels â€“ not only during the tournament phase but they also dedicate part of their life to a club deserves way more recognition.
Jamshedpur FC fans are some of the most enthusiastic fans around, with a wide following of people of every age. Whether their team has won or lost, the Red Miners will provide their players with unconditional support, surrounding them in a sea of red flags and cheering them on loudly at every game.
The team currently in its second ISL season, enjoying quite a joyful runs of wins and draws, sitting fifth in the league table and has the chance for more success in future, thanks to the constant support and encouragement from their passionate fans.
Without its supporter, The Red Miners would not be what it is today â€“ a mediator between the club and supporters, a place to meet and chat, a source of information, somewhere to vent frustration, and an HQ for fans.
We reached out to them to shed some lights on their origin, matchday preparations, casual chatter about best moments and plans for the future and much more.
Explain your origins to us and how â€œThe Red Minersâ€� become one of the most known Jamshedpur fan accounts in such a short period of time.
The idea of a dedicated football fan base â€œThe Red Minersâ€� initially started with a group of individuals who shared the same vision to form a group which will act as a bridge between the club and the fans. The position in which we are at the moment in such a short span of time is all because of the football fans of this city. The love and affection that they have for the club and the players is what made us the most known Jamshedpur fan accounts at the moment and hopefully it continues the same way.
â€œThe Red Minersâ€� â€“ seems a catchy and genuine name. Wonder how you guys come up with the name and was there any particular reason why you chose the name not something else?
Honestly, it was very difficult for us to come up to a specific name initially. All we wanted is to have a name which would identify the people of this city or people can easily relate themselves with. As this being an industrialist city and know for TATA STEEL mainly, we drilled our thoughts deeper into it and finally came up with a word â€œMinerâ€� & as red being our team color, so we went for â€œThe Red Minersâ€� and thus the name came into existence.
Despite being one-and-half-year-old, the Red Miners team has been the main dot connecting the club, players and fans but what else are the main objectives of your team other being a fan club? Strictly on social media? Or do you want to pursue other avenues, e.g. punditry, podcast, introducing your own product range?
Acting as a bridge between the club and the fans and to show our support to the players is our main objective. We organize a meeting every weekend to discuss the things to be done for the season and we take response on our social media platform as well. We definitely want to engage ourselves more into this by vlogs, punditry and stuffs. If possible we would like introduce our product range maybe in the near future.
Tell us about the historic first goal and a beautiful win over Delhi Dynamos. How did you celebrate the win?
The away game against Delhi Dynamos will always be a special one as we witnessed our first goal and our first win in the Indian Super League. It was scored by Izu Azuka. This comes after 3 consecutive goalless draws so it brought more fun with it as we waited so long to get our first win. The fans here erupted with joy and can be seen at away screening held at various parts of the city. Definitely it was a memorable night for us.
Howâ€™s the banner creation going so far? Tell us little bit about the process behind your team work on it.
Banners are the essential part of any football game, were we can express our feelings through words. We had 2 big size banners in our first season which we displayed in the home as well as carried it for the away matches; we will be adding few more in the upcoming season.
For text on the banners, we take opinions from the group members and finalize the one with most of them have agreed upon. Then we design it and get it printed.
Your team recently launched beneficiary plans for the fans being an official member of ‘The Red Miners‘? Howâ€™s the response been so far?
The response is been good and many of them enrolled it. Fans actively want to be associated with it which helps us to come all under one roof.
What was your first ever tweet?
Honestly, we donâ€™t have any clue what was our very first tweet but we can assume it to be a motivated one.
Cheering for the team when they are playing at home is relatively easier than doing the same at away venues, how do you guys manage it?
Last season we travelled to Kolkata and Bhubaneswar for the match against ATK & for the Super Cup respectively. We have our Red Miners wings at Bangalore who attended the away match against Bengaluru FC. This season we plan to do the same.
Celebrating a goal is an art form. So, who’s got the best goal celebration in Jamshedpur FC?
On season 1 we witnessed a few good celebrations. Wellington Priori is pretty good at expressing himself; still remember his samba dance after he scored that magical bicycle kick. All have their unique way of celebrations. Most memorable for us would be Tiriâ€™s when he scored a header against Delhi Dynamos at home, where he lifted the whole crowd and gave them a belief that we can turn this match around from here and what followed next.. is a history.
This season, we are looking forward for Tim Cahillâ€™s famous corner flag boxing.
Who are some of your social media rivals/ accounts you frequently clash with, if any at all? And are there other accounts you particularly get on with?
As we being the newest member of the Indian Super League, fans from other groups are very helpful to us. At the moment we donâ€™t have any social media rivals as such.
Yes, the banter things and all goes on but they were very supportive otherwise.
Tata Football Academy known as Indiaâ€™s own La Masia that gave Indian football some of its biggest stars. Do you think can the Reds replicate the same success in ISL?
Hopefully yes, the vision of Jamshedpur FC is to be among the best clubs in the country. Tata Football Academy as we all know has a past of providing many great talents who went on to represent the country and captained, the facilities provided at the playerâ€™s residence â€œFlatletâ€� are of world class which indeed helps the players to bond closely with others. This year 3 TFA graduates (Vishal Das, Mobashir Rahman & Md Rafique Ali Sardar) made into the senior team. Slowly and steadily we are moving towards achieving our goal i.e. to become a successful team in the Indian Super League and to win some silverware as well.
Jamshedpur FC have a handful of exciting academy players that have yet to play in the ISL. Which Indian player are you most excited to see play for ISL this season?
This season we will see some academy graduates like Vishal Das, Mobashir Rahman and Md Rafique Ali Sardar in action.
What are the preparations on match days for the club?
On match days we mainly get our banners placed into the stadium followed by a small meeting/discussion about the welcoming of our team bus, what are the game related activities like chants/slogans going to be with a brief practice and then we get on with the game.
Â What’s your best/most used chant so far?
â€œJam-shed-purâ€� – â€œJam-shed-purâ€� is our most used chants. This season we are coming up with some new ones as well.
Whatâ€™s your best moment? And best player? And the best Goal? And finally the best match performance last season?
Last Season we had some very good moments but the best moment so far this season would definitely be the Team welcoming ceremony where people of Jamshedpur gave a tremendous welcome to their stars on arrival from Spain after their pre season. The atmosphere was magical and never seen before.
The whole squad was good and contributed their best to the game.Â Â The likes of Tiri, Jerry, Subrata, Wellington, Raju all were best.
The best performance will definitely goes to the match against Delhi Dynamos at The Furnace were we came from behind to win the match.
If you had to describe your teamâ€™s fans in one word, what would it be?
Just assume Red Miners team are playing a friendly against Jamshedpur FCâ€™s main team, realistic chance of your team winning is very low but if you given options to swap few players for your team who would you choose? Here we have lined-up few interesting names, but you have to choose one of the options below and explain why?
- Subrata Paul, Memo, Izu Azuka and Michael Soosairaj
- Anas Edathodika, Gourav Mukhi, Jerry and Vishal Das
- Tiri, Yumnam Raju, Tim Cahill, Wellington Priori and Sumeet Passi â€“ Will go with this option because it seems to be very much balanced as we would have an experience of Tiri & Cahill with young blood of Passi calmly guided by Raju & Priori.
What plans do you have for the forthcoming season? What do the fans think about the clubs’ signings?
We definitely want to do better in every prospect we can from the last season. A lot of things are planned out to make the experience much better this time.
Jamshedpur has signed very good players this season from the likes of Soosairaj who was the best midfielder in I-League last season, few young players from Indian Arrows (Amarjit Singh & Aniket Jadav) though we have to wait a year for their services, strengthen our defenses with (Raju Gaikward, Pratik Chowdhary, Sanjay & Dhanachandra) midfield comprises of Spanish nationals (Pablo, Mario, Sergio, Carlos) with few academy graduates to the legend himself of course Tim Cahill. The squad looks balanced overall and fans are excited to see them.
What is your best XI this season?
The best eleven would be :-
Subrata, Raju, Tiri, Gaikward, Dhanachandra, Memo, Cidoncha, Soosairaj, Jerry, Morgado & Cahill.
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