One Love

  • 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

    Krefeld - Niciejewski

  • 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

    Melksham

  • A Certain Romance: Banstead Athletic And Me

    WORDS: DOMINIC BLISS

    As a teenager with dreams of becoming a sports writer, I answered an advert in the local paper to cover Banstead Athletic matches and my love of non-league football was born. Even amid the ugliness and emptiness of a local sports ground on a cold midweek evening, there is beauty to be found in our game

    Margate v Banstead

  • Wokingham ’88: Trains, Trophies and Telford

    WORDS: NICK JUDD

    PHOTOGRAPHY: VINCENT TAYLOR

    It was spring 1988 and Wokingham Town were enjoying their greatest-ever season. Regulars to the club’s modest Finchampstead Road ground were daring to dream not just of Wembley but of a historic treble including the Berks and Bucks Cup and promotion to the Conference. They couldn’t, could they?

    Finchampstead Road 1

  • 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…

    Torquay

  • Why Aren’t The Advertising Boards Electric, Dad?

    WORDS: CARL JONES

    Clutching his Barcelona water bottle and a blue foam finger from a previous trip to Wembley, my five-year-old son made his way into the grandiosely named Autoworld Arena to cheer on Matlock Town in one of Britain’s most picturesque football grounds last Friday evening. He came home beaming…

    Matlock Town

  • 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

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