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, with features written during the early months of 2019 will concentrate on less waffle, and more articles for your buck.
We take a tour of the country hearing from fans who are collectively taking it to the current custodians of their clubs; from Ipswich in the Championship to Chesterfield in the National League. There's Away Days to Milan, Tallin and Skegness and the age old argument over watching football on TV or on the terraces.
Clubs and topics covered in this issue include:
Charlton Athletic / Milano City FC / Estonia Away with the Finns / Neil Lennon / Chesterfield / Ipswich Town / Eleven Sports and sport TV subscriptions / Watford / Arsenal / Port Vale and the students swapping snakebite down the Union for the joys of the Northern Counties League.