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  • 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…

    queenswilliej

  • 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

    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

  • 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

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