Ahead of the 2012/13 football season a motley collection of disenchanted fans from across the UK, united not by Club loyalty but a growing displeasure with the game they loved got together over the internet to start an old-fashioned, traditional print fanzine.
Taking the European fan culture’s message ‘Against Modern Football’ as a starting point, but relating that back to the British football scene with its increasingly elitist Premier League, outrageous big money deals made with television companies and match ticket prices inflated beyond belief, STAND proved a popular messenger.
Across 5 issues in STAND’s first season, the fanzine grew from a collection of moans and light-hearted paeans to the good old days of watching football from the terraces to something more and went on to be voted ‘Fanzine of the Year’ at the 2013 Football Supporter’s Federation Awards.
Now tackling wider issues in the game and seeking to join other critical voices on the state of modern football, STAND is working with bodies such as Supporters Direct and the Football Supporter’s Federation and even MP’s such as Damien Collin’s, who recently tabled the Football Governance Bill in the Houses of Parliament.
This issue, our last of 2018 takes a step back from the happier distractions of modern football and gets back to poking a stick at the people who have ruined, and continue to tarnish the game we love.
We have some of our best ever writing on the big issues of the day, whilst also tackling some slightly smaller ones! FIFA, UEFA, the FA and the Football League all get the once over from our regular writers.
Clubs and topics covered in this issue include:
iFollow / UEFA Nations League / Referee training / Juventus B / England Fans abroad / World Cup Qualifying / Hibernian / Clapton CFC / Der Spiegel's Football Leaks / Spurs' new stadium and the fight to save North Ferriby United.