The big news story in the British Football press right now (besides the loss of one of the most popular figures in the world game) is the return of fans to English stadia. For the first time since early March 2020, up and down the country the top 4 tiers of English league Football will conduct competitive matches in front of a live audience. You might have stumbled across this blog post months or perhaps years down the line and think “what’s all the fuss about?” But right now, the possibility of getting back in to watch the boys seems very exciting. Last week I stumbled across the following image and got an idea for the post you are now reading:
The message “practice what you preach” is more relevant than ever. Social media’s ubiquity has facilitated the growth of a macabre, international market for the superficial and the vapid. The inability of platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Tiktok to accommodate depth in the content posted to them inadvertently promotes the expedient and the striking over the well-researched and the empirical. One negative side-effect of the global social media tsunami is the premium that popular culture places on virtuosity – regardless how selfless or benevolent an “influencer” may actually be away from the filters.
We at FBTG believing in practicing what we preach. Thus, after years of talking critically about fans from Beijing to Buenos Aires via Berlin, we are finally looking in the mirror and being self-critical about “our” Football club.
For all its historic infamy, we feel that the current English fan scene is lacking somewhat in imagination compared to what is happening on the rest of the continent. More creative Aufkleber designs such as this one from Huddersfield Town may be indicative of some green shoots of inspiration, but the English have a long way to go.
The title speaks for itself. We present an accurate map of how Hull City fans view the rest of the country that they Continue reading
The North Stand Kollective of Brighton & Hove Albion have really been making a name for themselves in recent seasons. This design is perhaps not the most creative, but its execution is excellent, and it looks very clean.
We congratulate Sheffield United on their return to the Premier League by making them our Ultras Aufkleber of the Week.
Now however we return back to our usual stance on such matters by informing any Blades reading this that this sticker got covered by one of ours a mere two fucking seconds after this photo was taken.
A brief venture into an independent arts and souvenier shop down in Hull’s trendy Humber Street resulted in the purchase of the badge you see below.
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Seen inside the KCOM Stadium in Hull, a rather conspicuous location for such an Aufkleber.
The Allam family continue to own Hull City and manage all club operations as a large congregation of fans continue to protest against that very Continue reading