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


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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8 Responses

  1. Two Left Feet says:

    One visit in nineteen years!- Plastic, prawn eater.

  2. Rob says:

    @Two Left Feet

    A nice, constructive comment there. I sympathise with the writer, even if I do think the excuses are a bit weak. Has he tried to go to other football matches? Why not try and pick up a ticket when Utd have been playing locally to him, even if it is the home end? But hopefully having experienced the match he might be persuaded to get there more regularly…

  3. William says:


    Although I didn’t state it in the article, I’m no certainly no stranger to attending football matches outside of Manchester. My first game was Norwich v QPR in 94/95 and I’ve been back to Carrow Road on many, many occasions since. I also have an Ipswich-supporting friend and so I’ve seen them several times too (including the 5-3 play-off semi against Bolton in 2000). But United are my team. Granted, they have played in East Anglia a few times since I started going to games but not many. Norwich and Ipswich both went down in ’95 and have only spent 3 seasons in the top flight since between them.

    I would also contest being called a plastic fan (@Two Left Feet). Although you may well have said it in jest, aside from Old Trafford I’ve been to games at Orient, Barnet, and AFC Wimbledon so far this season since moving to London.

  4. Gavin says:

    I’d contest the idea that fanzines in general emphasise “otherness”. Quite the contrary, I’ve always tended to think the fanzine movement, from the late 80s / early 90s, were part of the movement which brought more of a sense of community and shared experience among fans of different teams.

    I’d suggest, if a little tentatively, that this is more to do with the specific circumstances of Man United, whose success and consequent unpopularity has tended to divorce them a little from that sense of community and perhaps fostered more of a siege mentality among its more hardcore support.

  5. Dan Rickard says:

    I have no sympathy for the writer’s once in 19 years (although the writer could be 19 years old) but it is what it is and he was honest enough to tell us so.

    I think the first comment here highlights an expansion of the article that a lot of forum/web comment from fans is banal and thoughtless, or needlessly agressive, such as phone ins.
    I’ve always been a fanzine boy myself – one of the reasons I enjoy TwoHundredPercent is it’s fanzine feel.

    One point our writer made is that fanzine’s are not for other clubs. While I would most definitely agree, this article offered a rare insight into United fan’s that they keep from the rest of us. It’s nice to know that, behind closed doors, you agree that Nani is a great big lady part too.
    Perhaps I’ll start picking up fanzine’s at away games from now on…

  6. You should certainly not be made to feel excluded because of an inability to attend matches etc. and if the folks at Red Issue truly disbelieved in the Glazers’ business plan, then they should cease going to matches at Old Trafford immediately and follow FC United.

    Red Issue has been at the centre of controversy for a long time as I mentioned in a recent blog post charting the early days of the fanzine movement.

  7. William says:

    @Lanterne Rouge

    Interestingly, there was an ad at the back of Red Issue for FC United’s ongoing share issue as they try to build their own ground. I get the impression that there is some crossover between the clubs and that some fans watch both teams, but the tone adopted towards FC United in the articles themselves was mixed.

  8. Chris Taylor says:

    FC United was an idea first floated in Red Issue. Just so you know, like.

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