Hello darkness my old friend….. Autumn has most definitely arrived now, but that just makes finishing a match under floodlights all the more charming. We’ve been on the road again with more groundhopping with a camera with 2 matches attended in 2 days with great attendances, great atmospheres, great prices but a bit of a lack of goals in the consistently contentious comunidad of Catalonia.
10am on a Friday morning may be an unusual time for a Football match, but it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable – particularly when you’ve been able to go for so long. But with restrictions easing slightly and pre-season friendlies now underway, we did not miss the opportunity to get our groundhopping kicks once again in the home of a semi-professional outfit in Spain.
Needless to say that in the past 15 months it has been tough to find live Football games to attend, enjoy and subsequently write about. Travel has been limited, entry requirements into stadia have been very strict and – let’s be honest – in the grander scheme of things writing about Football fan culture has not been a high priority in the world recently. Since early March we have been to just one live Football match; a heavily regulated Tercera Group X league fixture between Xerez Deportivo and Rota. This weekend however that changes.
A small-time club that we have a bit of a soft spot for here at FBTG has hit a milestone today. Happy 8th Birthday to Xerez Deportivo Football Club – a sports team fighting to keep the Football traditions of a city alive and well.
Not wanting to waste more money on the metro, I bet with myself that I could make it back from the office to my home where I would be working for the rest of the day in time for my next meeting. The emergency dash to the HR office had taken care of my immediate concern with time to spare, so I decided to walk back from the centre of town towards my flat, snaking my way through El Born district. But in spite of my haste, one shop window still caught my eye and stopped me in my tracks.
Between inflated transfer fees, relentless top-down engineering and the acutely politicised nature of the sport in the country, China and the Chinese Super League offer little for Football traditionalists. Yet an inquisitive Football enthusiast can still chance upon an oasis of culture even in this expansive wilderness.
To be honest, we at FBTG are not ones for anniversaries. We see more reason to celebrate current achievements and successes than to look back wistfully at events that mattered x years ago. That said, we have made it a tradition to create a post each time this small, independent Football culture blog ticks over another year each time January comes around. Work and personal commitments caused us to forego a gratuitous upload on our actual birthday earlier this month, so instead we chose to do something different to celebrate 5 years of Football culture blogging.
We took a big dive into our website traffic statistics in order to get better insights into what the past 5 years have meant in terms of numbers and data. In this post we present a few key insights about From Boothferry To Germany that are entirely thanks to you guys. Enjoy.
We have all seen the rather alarming news coming fresh outta the world’s most popular federation this week. While many are indeed shocked by the Capitol Hill…. episode, some of the footage and photographs taken during the event that have emerged in the digital sphere have proven far too fucking funny to avoid receiving the dubious accolade “meme-worthy”. In this spirit, we at FBTG wanted to jump on the bandwagon and take advantage of the internet’s favourite ginger thief to have a bit of topical Football-related fun.