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Gladbach Away: ‘This Is What Tradition Looks Like’

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: PRZEMEK NICIEJEWSKI

Following away supporters on the road in European competition can be a colourful hobby for a photographer, so when the hordes of Gladbach travelling fans showed up in sleepy Villarreal, the resulting culture clash was always likely to make for some vibrant images, as our album shows…

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Crazy Hearts But No Regrets

WORDS: JOEL SKED

From the outside, it might look as though the last decade has been a dystopian nightmare for Hearts supporters. Tynecastle has been the setting for some of the most bizarre scenes in Scottish football in recent times but one Jambos fan explains why he has been thoroughly entertained by the chaos…

The Happy Doonhamer

WORDS: GIANCARLO RINALDI

“The Queen of the South will rise up,” we like to say, quoting the line which makes ours The Only Team in the Bible. Yes, there have been long spells of emotional grey skies and the drizzle of depression but, every so often, the warm sunshine of genuine happiness breaks through at Palmerston Park…

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Together For The Goal

EDITOR: MATT HOMER
PRODUCER: NICK GOULDS

Japanese fan culture is an organised passion and being a core supporter of a J.League club involves dedication, love and loyalty. Last year, two amateur English film makers and a local ex-pat journalist were invited to follow Montedio Yamagata fan Syu Oba and discover what his club means to him…

Supporting Everton: An Optimistic Passenger

WORDS: MARK GODFREY

When your football team start to match your personal aspirations, it’s an addictive, dizzying concept, as Everton supporters discovered in between 1984 and 1987, but enduring the barren years that followed became a duty that is slowly being rewarded by the the restorative work of Moyes and Martinez…

Goodison Park (Airviews Photography, via Flickr)

Supporting Coventry City: An Emotional Investment

WORDS: TOM FURNIVAL-ADAMS

It feels like the last 10 or 15 years have been a prolonged psychoanalytic journey for Coventry City supporters, but like a downtrodden prole, the longer the downward trajectory persists, the more I feel emotionally invested in being there when it is eventually arrested – and that is its own reward…

Ricoh Arena (Redwood Photography, via Flickr)

Transience and Permanence: Photographing Football

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: PRZEMEK NICIEJEWSKI

Przemek Niciejewski has travelled far and wide to capture the essence of football, photographing the euphoric, the scenic and the beautifully mundane aspects of the supporter’s experience. We asked him to select his favourite images and talk us through his thought process at the moment he snapped them

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A Club Transformed: Supporting Reading FC

WORDS: ROB LANGHAM

After flirting with two northern giants as a young boy, a love affair with local side Reading changed a young man’s life. Since taking up his place on the South Bank at Elm Park, he has seen the team rise through the leagues, fill a purpose built new stadium and even dabble with top-flight football…

Reading FC fans (Pyro Rock Monster Petty, via Flickr)

Capturing The Character, That Special Ingredient

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

David Bauckham has been photographing non-league football for several years now and there is no doubt that his images truly bring these local grounds to life. His work – a mixture of portrait and reportage shots – captures the action on the pitch, the people behind the scenes and the loyal fans

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Non League: Where Every Fan Matters

WORDS: STEVE WRIGHT

A growing dissatisfaction with the modern game, and the power of money to influence it both on and off the pitch, caused this Nottingham Forest supporter to look to non-league for a change of scene. He discovered a world of dedicated volunteer staff, imaginative publicity ploys and glorious chip cobs…

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