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VIDEO: Doug Jefferson, England, Britain and Grimsby

3 May 2013

Doug Jefferson from Spalding, Lincolnshire, is a proud Grimsby fan. Despite currently living in London, he still fanatically follows his home county team. And it is football that is the first thing he brings up when asked how he views his identity.

“When England play I get very excited and I get united behind England, which is a great thing. It’s a time when you can be hopeful and positive about something, even if another peculiarly English trait is that you normally get let down.”

Jefferson does not only rally behind Grimsby and England though. “I also enjoy the other British sports teams,” adds the 27-year-old, whose parents are from London and Sheffield.

For Jefferson, supporting a mixture of teams is not contradictory and in fact it says a lot about what it means to live in the UK today. He enjoys very English traits such as drinking cups of tea. “But I also think there are stereotypes we share with British people. Our sense of humour, our joking about the weather,” he explains.

Watch what he has to say above.