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A Return To Innocence: Supporting Forest

WORDS: STEVE WRIGHT

This summer a Nottingham Forest hero returned to the City Ground dugout, bringing out the sentimental side in many long-suffering Reds supporters, but can Stuart Pearce’s managerial tenure really restore the magic of the past, or has the game changed too much for the footballing romantics to prevail?

City Ground (Dave Rutt, via Flickr)

Falling for Football… Bloody Hell!

WORDS: EVAN BARTLETT

A collection of hazy reminiscences, euphoric moments and gritty tales of the game’s place in our lives, Falling for Football is a rose-tinted nostalgia-fest and it is all the better for it. This selection of stories from 44 well-loved football writers and bloggers will strike a chord with supporters everywhere…

Falling for Football

Why I Support The Irons

WORDS: TOM VICTOR

It hasn’t always been easy supporting West Ham over the past two decades, but amidst the ups and downs at Upton Park there have been more than enough memorable moments and dubious heroes to fill a questionable, claret-tinted version of Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’. No seriously…

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Life On Ice Station Zebra

WORDS: MARK BIRAM

Boundary Park has been the scene of some iconic giant-killings down the years, but not too long ago, Oldham Athletic were more than just a lower-league David with an FA Cup slingshot. We asked one loyal Latic to describe his life at the place that club legend Joe Royle called “Ice Station Zebra”

Boundary Park by Diego's Sideburns (via Flickr)

The First Girl At School To Get Breasts

WORDS: CHRIS DEARY

The girl was called Helen, not Deborah, but the story of tragic failure went pretty much the same as the Pulp version. Luckily there was a consolation prize, for just as Helen was appointing Jarvis Cocker as my Poet Laureate, Bolton Wanderers were growing breasts too. And they were fucking massive…

Bolton Breasts

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

WORDS: CHRISTOPH WAGNER

Football is a money machine, you only have to at the figures produced each year by the top clubs in Europe and the rest of the world. But beyond the limelight of the top flight, the situation is very different, with many clubs under threat. In Germany, a group of supporters are campaigning against this trend…

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Anthony Clavane: Football’s Forgotten Tribe

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

We speak to the award-winning author of Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? about the historic significance of football to the British Jewish community, the unique issues faced by Jews in our national game and the London exhibition celebrating this often-overlooked cultural relationship…

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Manchester United: Only A Crisis For The Spoilt

WORDS: LUKE SMALLEY

The culture of success planted by Sir Matt Busby and cultivated by Sir Alex Ferguson has set expectations high at Old Trafford, but the recent cries of “crisis” from certain sections of the club’s following have left this Manchester United fan wondering about that old “glory supporter” tag…

Old Trafford

Chester FC: Restored To Life

WORDS: RICHARD BELLIS

Chester FC may be enduring a tough start to the season, but you won’t hear too many complaints from the stands. That is because, after years of financial mismanagement off the pitch and struggles on it, the Deva Stadium faithful have formed their own club from the ashes of the one they saw destroyed…

Gray celebrates with the Chester supporters (Terry Marland, chesterevents.com)

Shimizu Impulse: Falling For The J.League

WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: BARRY VALDER

After arriving in Japan with visions of ageing Western stars seeing out their careers in the J.League, it was quite an eye-opener for an English fan to discover a whole new football culture and a young, exciting league. It wasn’t long before he became one of the regular faces at Shimizu S-Pulse…

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