Scarves, hats and gloves are what most people would think to take to a football match, but there is a growing phenomenon of fans taking their pets along to the stadium.
Premier League and English Football League clubs do not allow dogs in their grounds, but lower down the pyramid, plenty of clubs are more welcoming.
In fact, there is even a Non-League Dogs Day, where lower league supporters are encouraged to bring their pets along to a game.
The Non-League Dogs twitter and Instagram accounts showcase plenty of dogs taking in a match in the lower echelons of English football.
One of those clubs is Sutton United, though if their season continues at the same pace as it is currently, they will be forced to make a change in policy.
They are currently top of the National League and are famous for their FA Cup upsets, having dispatched holders Coventry City back in 1988 and recently gave Arsenal a test in a fifth-round match in 2017.
The club’s Gander Green Lane ground has banked terracing, so anyone bringing a dog should be able to find a quiet spot to enjoy a match.
Sutton are not the only National League club believes to allow dogs at their ground, with Bromley also thought to be a dog-friendly club.
The Ravens currently occupy the final play-off place in the fifth tier, with their Hayes Lane stadium also offering plenty of space to stand with a pooch.
In the division below Sutton and Bromley sit Dulwich Hamlet, who are a hot-spot for non-league dog action.
Their matchday programme previously ran a ‘Hamlet Hounds’ feature to showcase the club’s four-legged friends, with one even helping to run the club shop.
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Plenty of dogs can be spotted at the club’s Champion Hill ground, with Dulwich currently midtable in the National League South.
Way down in the Cheshire Football League are Eagle Sports FC, who regularly feature dogs in their crowds.
In February, with their season suspended, the club tweeted a picture of a pooch enjoying a match with the caption “Not just the humans who are missing the action at Thornton Road”.
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