Day: November 24, 2010

Then And Now: Red Issue And The Role Of The Fanzine

William Abbs went to Old Trafford at the weekend and picked up a couple of fanzines. He takes a moment to consider the role of the fanzine in the modern media environment. The original article may be found here. A trip to Old Trafford on Saturday has got me thinking about football fanzines. The fan who writes for a fanzine is likely to be a very different sort of supporter to the fan who doesn’t. Furthermore, those who submit opinion pieces to fanzines are not necessarily the same people who call radio phone-ins or post rumours on forums. Fanzines revel in what we could, for the purpose of this article, call the ‘otherness’ both of their contributors and the content that they produce, and that must partly be a consequence of the nature of the medium. There is inevitably some overlap between the fans who put their views across in print and those who do it online or on 606, but the format of the fanzine lends itself to a certain form of comment by a certain type of fan. To explain ‘otherness,’ I draw your attention to a warning message on the front cover of Red Issue, one of two Manchester United fanzines that I picked up before the game against Wigan. As well as advising fans of Liverpool and Manchester City not to read on, lest they...

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The BBC Will Be Right To Show The World Jack Warner On Panorama

A couple of years ago, it felt as if. in some ways, there was something inevitable about England winning the race to host the 2018 World Cup finals. Since then, however, the wheels have come off the wagon in every conceivable way. The Triesman sting, the Sunday Times exposé on the subject of FIFA corruption and next week’s BBC “Panorama” have blown a hole in the bid. There is a feeling that the time is right for corruption within FIFA to be exposed, but that whatever allegations turn out to be made, any subsequent investigation will be a mere exercise in brushing things under the carpet. FIFA’s initial reaction to the Sunday Times reports – initial crocodile tears followed by thinly-veiled threats that this sort of thing would damage the bid – has hardly filled those amongst us that want the world game’s governing body to be honest with much confidence. Moreover, there is a degree of ambivalence within England itself towards the bid that the FA can’t publicly admit to. The decision to allow Milton Keynes into its application and the possibility of white elephants being built in Nottingham and Plymouth have given the bid the wrong pitch at home. On top of this, the vote is coming at a time when the stock of the national football team itself couldn’t be much lower. A farcical World Cup...

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