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Not Just A Real Ale Narnia

WORDS: PETER BROOKSBANK

Growing up as a Boston United supporter meant watching players of limited ability, but possessed of undimmed fury, locking horns in the mud and slime under heavy skies, chilled by winds sweeping off the Fens and The Wash, from a random blue seat in a stand full of yellow ones…but I loved it

Boston United changing room

In The Presence Of Angels

WORDS: ALAN FISHER

PHOTOGRAPHY: DAVID BAUCKHAM

The steward, the programme seller and the guy shaking the bucket with the Golden Goals tickets welcome us because they are happy being part of their local club, and they want us to enjoy ourselves too. When you truly embrace non-league football, you may well discover that it embraces you back…

Tonbridge Angels 3

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…

PENTAX Image

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…

Glotze Aus Stadion An

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…

EPSON MFP image

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

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