Do you find yourself becoming increasingly disgruntled and annoyed by the shape of modern football? Are you sick of, what was once the working man’s game, being systematically turned into a business, with a blatant disregard for the fans who formed the traditions that made it so great? Should Cardiff City be blue, not red? And would you prefer it if Jim White never appeared on your television screen, bellowing ‘SKY SOURCES CLAIM’, ever again? You’re not alone.
Against Modern Football, as a movement has been gathering support on the continent for some years; a quick Google search will turn up a wonderful array of cheery looking European gentleman, faces obscured, usually brandishing a flare, under a variety of banners, all which carry the same sentiment. Whether it be “No Al Calcio Moderno”, “Contre Le Football Moderne” or “Mot Den Moderna Fotbollen” it doesn’t really matter, fans are crying out for a change, and they’re organising, rapidly and effectively.
So, how about in Britain? Whilst Rangers go to the wall, Manchester United move their money to the Cayman Islands and Cardiff prepare for a season in red; what are British football fans doing?
As with everything, there’s some good moaning going on in cyberspace; any day of the week you can search #AgainstModernFootball on Twitter and turn up someone bemoaning the state of our game. There has been more proactive protest as well, at Liverpool’s ousting of Tom Hicks and George Gilette, Manchester United’s protests against the Glazer’s and Blackburn Rovers’ rallying against the Venkys; there has been representation from a core, determined for widespread changes in the modern game.
Would you prefer it if Jim White never appeared on your television screen, bellowing ‘SKY SOURCES CLAIM’, ever again?
The UK, however, is still lacking the direction and indeed the ambition of our European counterparts. This is where STAND comes in.
STAND is a new fanzine, representing British football fans who are sick of the modern game and are willing to do something about it. Regardless of allegiances and rivalry, STAND will bring together football fans and provide them with a unified voice, a pooling of resources, and a tangible product to rest their beer on in the pub.
The printed press has had somewhat of a revival recently, showing that in the modern age printed media is still relevant. Not only that, but there is a wealth of writing, photography and illustration out there that deserves to be on paper, not just on a webpage that soon gets lost. The fanzines of the 80s helped highlight many issues of concern in that period, so why can't STAND do the same today for fans in Britain, but also across Europe.
Issue one of STAND will be available on the first weekend of the upcoming season from standamf.tumblr.com and will contain a variety of articles about the plight of modern football by brilliant writers, some of whom you may already know.
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