THE DEAD WHALES SOCIETY
In 2018, we expanded the Dead Whales Society to also support the Carolina Hurricanes via the Red Eye Rowdies. Prior to Hartford’s move to North Carolina, the franchise’s name of “The Whalers” couldn’t fit more perfectly. This expansion will allow even more like-minded supporters of Raleigh sports to join the family.
Watch the video below to learn a little more about what we’re trying to do.
11 PLAYERS - ONE HEARTBEAT
A culture we can be proud of
Established in 2015, Oak City Supporters was started with one goal: build a soccer culture in Downtown Raleigh that we can all be proud of.
We are an independent supporters group of our local teams: North Carolina FC and the NC Courage.
As a collective group we meet for tailgates before every home game where we eat, drink, sing, talk soccer, and grow as a community.
For away games we support our local community by watching NCFC/Courage away matches and hosting various charitable events at Raleigh's only consistent soccer pub, London Bridge Pub.
Follow us on one of our various social media sites, come hang at a game, or grab a pint with us at an away game, but above all else #SupportLocalSoccer.
THE LOUDEST/MOST ANNOYING
NON-PROFIT IN THE TRIANGLE
We operate as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, which is a fancy way of saying every dollar we bring in goes right back into our club for things such as tifo supplies, match day materials, promotional items, membership swag and providing you with free beer & food.
We also partner with North Carolina FC and the NC Courage in order to provide discounted memberships to season tickets as well as away trips.
“DEAD WHALES” EXPLAINED
Ever since the re-brand to North Carolina FC, we've been looking at new names. Oaks. Blues. Even Squirrels was mentioned. None of them really seemed to catch on.
We sure as shit weren't going to be the RailHawks or Hawks. The club (thankfully) wanted to move on from that name, and so did we.
Then...out of nowhere...it happened.
It all started with a since-deleted tweet about whales being buried at WakeMed Soccer Park.
We followed up with the experts:
The site was used as processing site. Whale bones buried in manure to clean them of oils, then washed and brought to our collections.— NC Natural Sciences (@naturalsciences) October 4, 2017
Atlas Obscura did an article on it and went into the specifics of what was done and why. Really cool write-up.
So we made a quick tifo at our 2017 season finale (RIP NASL):
Then we wanted to take it to another level. So that's how we got here:
Even the players are getting in on the Dead Whales idea:
Turbo has a couple thoughts about resigning with @NorthCarolinaFC :— Connor Tobin (@TurboTobin13) February 2, 2018
1. It's always a great day to be a Dead Whale!
2. Turbo is excited to get back on the field in the @USL
3. Turbo loves NCFC's fans. If there is anything Turbo can do for y'all - holler at Turbo