Satellite Club Telstar

SC Telstar scarf

A pleasing feature of Dutch Football is the extraordinary names that professional clubs choose for themselves. Many forsake a simple combination of city plus uninspiring suffix for names that are far more creative. Ajax, Excelsior, Go Ahead Eagles, Heracles and Sparta are excellent examples of clubs whose titles bare no resemblance to the city they call home. But one Dutch Football club trumps the lot.

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The Club of Kings

Oldest Football Club in Holland

There once was a time when most European nations were governed by monarchies. Royal families (often related to one other) wielding almost limitless political power maintained the status quo by offering virtually zero social mobility to their peasant subjects. Revolutions in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries transformed the political landscape on the continent that was the first to industrialise and subsequently colonise the rest of the world. Only a small handful of European nations in the 21st century hold on to their Royal Families, and one Continue reading

Fighting Terrace Homogeneity

Brentford fans in Germany

Ultra lifestyle Social Media pages such as “Ultras World” share images and stories from fanatics around the world, the best tifos and pyro shows spreading globally. But when these Social Media pages share images or stories from games in England, they tend to result in lists of comments criticising the modern English stadium atmospheres. “RIP England” and the like. Followers from Casablanca to Java are simply not seeing choreos, pyrotechnic use, custom flags and in-stadium clashes, what they believe characterise good atmosphere, in England. The simple conclusion is that England doesn’t have fanatics and atmosphere any more. FBTG openly acknowledges that English Continue reading

A Question of Capo

Capo

SUMMARY: a Capo ensures in-game fan organisation to optimise how impressive the support sounds and looks, as all fans have clear instructions what to sing and do. But having a single person leading all chants and songs sacrifices the wit and humour often associated with terrace life, something that has characterised English Football support for generations.

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