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 comes out in May 2019, with articles written during the last throes of the 2018/19 season.
There is our customary, and frankly still pretty depressing run through the clubs in crisis, with a focus with those in trouble in the North West in particular; Bury, Bolton Wanderers and Macclesfield. We also have some good news though, from clubs back from the brink in Italy like Parma, or Atalanta, who appear to build the right way in a country not known for it.
Marine in England, and Pollok in Scotland fulfil our Non-League quota, or should that be Juniors (?) and perhaps fittingly for an end of season issue, some nostalgia for the 90s when everything was just better. Or we were all just younger?
Clubs and topics covered in this issue include:
Bolton Wanderers / VAR for the match going fan / Bury / Parma / Macclesfield Town / The 90s / Pollok / Corinthian figures / Atalanta / Marine / Sukan Sports / Englands U-20 World Cup winners / The Women's World Cup and the mundanity of life as a steward.