This blog explores the curious nuances of Football fan behaviour around the world through the eyes of a typical fan. Our status as exiled Hull City supporters influences our branding and identity, but we seldom write about our club in favour of exploring the great stories that exist in world Football. However, there come major moments in your relationship with your club that warrant close attention, and in our case, publication.
So today a sign I saw down a backstreet in town advertising some single digit deals inside the adjacent low-rent clothing store caught my attention. Remembering that I needed a couple new sweaters, I stopped walking and took a look inside to see if I could find a sweet deal for a new chunky jumper to wear while working from home in the evenings. Among a hell of a lot of trash, I was surprised to find this masterpiece crammed onto the bargain rail.
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
Hull Pride 2019 is a mere fourteen days away. We support those who celebrate the celebration of sexual revelation, and we are indeed proud of our city for doing so.
Because we value sexual diversity as much as we do cultural diversity in Football. Never let anybody tell you you can’t or shouldn’t.
Two of us joined in with the festivities down at the abandoned Preston Road estate in East Hull this weekend. While it was not Football related, the second edition of the North’s most exciting subculture event certainly fits into the category of Football culture.
Little did we realise it at the time, Banksy’s piece Continue reading
This week’s design comes from the Minstermen, named after York’s giant ecclesiastical edifice that stands close to the site where Constantine was proclaimed as the Roman Emperor thousands of years ago. We couldn’t care less for the city’s greatness however, and decided to stick our own Aufkleber on top of this one after taking this photo.