Originally written on 49ersNews  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Before I begin, a quick hello. I’m John Porter, a 22 year old 49ers fan from Preston, England. While I’m quickly plugging/introducing myself, I’m also a coach at the Manchester Titans, bringing american football in all its glory to Manchester. Anyway, moving on to my first column. Basically, I’ve been a 49ers fan since around 1998. Supporting this team has often made me a source of mockery, particularly since I actually started being able to follow the team properly (through Sky and the Internet), since 2004, otherwise known as the cellar-dwelling years (which led, directly or indirectly, to Alex Smith – more on that later). You will notice that 2004 refers to the time when the team was run by Terry Donahue, a GM so professional he took up residence in Los Angeles and did most of his work from there, and Dennis Erickson, the poster child for ‘college coaches that should just stay in college’. After finally achieving what was seemingly Donahue’s dream, via many years of striving f...
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