Borussia Dortmund

BVB fan club in London causes a stir – with its honorary members

Borussia Dortmund is quite popular in England’s capital. The list of honorary members of the London-based fan club is very impressive.
© Benjamin McFadyean

When Benjamin McFadyean, called Ben, and Charlie Gaines founded their BVB fan club in London in May 2013, they probably didn‘t expect such a success story. Now, more than seven years later, their club has a whopping 250 members, many of them meet regularly to watch Borussia matches in a classic pub. „They also serve Union beer,“ says McFadyean, who himself has a Dortmund history.

London fan club founder has roots in Dortmund

He actually completed his education in Witten, a small boarder city to Dortmund. „I have a German father who‘s from the Oespel district of Dortmund,“ McFadyean reports. He later went on to study German in London, these days he works as a translator, while also working as a sports journalist. It was a rather obvious choice to found a fan club, especially in the year when the BVB reached the final of the Champions League in London.

Around 30 to 40 members usually gather in the Naughty Bar when the black and yellow play for the win, Corona permitting. „The English people love Borussia, and just about every football fan wants to go to the stadium in Dortmund,“ says McFadyean. „People like the fact that the BVB is some kind of an underdog compared to Bayern Munich.“ And they like his podcast, which he produces along with Colm McNabola.

London BVB fan club produces own podcast

An episode with Raphael Honigstein, a journalist and probably the most famous German football pundit in the United Kingdom, is set to air soon. Flemming Povlsen, still a beloved figure among Dortmund fans, has already confirmed his participation as well.

© Benjamin McFadyean © Benjamin McFadyean

Several honorary members are also well-known The list includes names like Jadon Sancho, Neven Subotic and Delron Buckley. And Jude Bellingham, who’s supposed to be appointed as the president of the Birmingham Borussen, might be added to the list in the near future.

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