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
Though summer has returned, it will be a long time before we can get back to enjoying Football the way we would like to. But hey, at least we can go out and enjoy a nice pint again! We at FBTG did the next best thing and sat down with Andrew of 80 Days Bier Markt in Hull for a couple of imported Pilsners and good chat about all things Football culture. Cheers.
Could you please introduce yourself?
I’m Andrew Murphy. I own 80 Days Bier Markt in Paragon Arcade and 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.
The international breaks are usually moments in the Football calendar that bore the FBTG crew, partly because the fixtures are seldom particularly competitive, and partly because we’re not really patriotic folk. But the past 7 days have been interesting for a number of reasons. Sergio Ramos became the most-capped Spaniard to play for the national team EVER. Scotland emphatically got themselves back on track by firing 6 past San Marino. And another mouth-wateringly high score was overshadowed in Sofia, as members of the Continue reading