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Safe Standing – come on England, catch up with Europe

We have long been fans of safe standing, a concept that is gradually spreading around Europe: clubs in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Sweden, Russia and now Celtic in Scotland have all safely introduced ‘rail seating’. Have a proper read and watch the videos on Joe.co.uk. It’s a bit of a no-brainer, and will do a lot to bring back … Continue reading

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Throwing objects at the game? Dutch fans have gone soft

Throwing objects at home fans seated in the tier below was encouraged last weekend as the ADO Den Haag away section at Feyenoord threw hundreds of cuddly toys on to the Feyenoord supporters below them. Those on the receiving end were children from Rotterdam’s Sophia Children’s Hospital, the oldest children’s hospital in the Netherlands, who walked on to the pitch with the … Continue reading

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Managerial scarf etiquette

No question, Pep Guardiola is a sharp dresser, and with his v-neck jumper and suit combo he’s clearly not averse to donning some stylish knitwear. However, when it comes to his choice in football scarf, he’s got some way to go to emulate Roberto Mancini’s sartorial elegance. Perhaps someone in Manchester City’s PR department would like reminding of the particular cashmere … Continue reading

Pep and Mancini scarf etiquette

Group Stage – new Euro 2016 art and design exhibition

Thursday 9th June; on the eve of Euro 2016, an exhibition of football art and design opens in Hoxton, London. Curated and staged by Patterns of Play, the show is further proof that football now attracts some seriously talented designers. It’s what the beautiful game deserves. Free entry, 9-12 June, 93 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AG.

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Tasteful, nostalgic football prints by Turnstyle

Graphic designers Turnstyle FC are “a venture showcasing, promoting and commenting on all things beautiful and visually striking in football”. Their modern take on football nostalgia has produced some great prints. Most topical is their Euro 96 offering, but most of the big clubs also have a major landmark in their history commemorated in style. Available to buy on Etsy and to … Continue reading

England 96 by Turnstyle

Need a Euro 2016 wallchart? Look no further

With only a week to go to the Euros, we should be grateful to Elliott Quince (@ElliottQ) who has produced a Ruud Gullit inspired wallchart, with the punny title of ‘The Ruud to Paris’. Not just a useful way to see who’s playing who, where and when but the proceeds of each £10 sale are going to a very good cause, the Luton … Continue reading

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Season – the new football magazine for female fans

With the women’s game ever increasing in popularity, and women making up a quarter of crowds (according to the Premier League…) it is perhaps not surprising that a football magazine for women has emerged to fill an interesting niche. In the guise of a fanzine, Season focuses less on the game and more on female fans and football fashion. In time for the end … Continue reading

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Eight by Eight, issue 8

Another intelligent, stylish football magazine that should be on your radar is 8by8. Named after the dimensions of a goal (8 feet by 8 yards), it covers the world’s leading clubs, personalities, design and photography. Published in New York, and with a focus on the game in the US, it is available both digitally and on paper from 8by8mag.com Worth a follow on Twitter … Continue reading


Pickles – the thinking man’s football magazine

Football, design and wit is how Pickles magazine describes itself. The latest issue has just come out and it’s a definitely worth a read for its alternative take on football culture. An interview with Chelsea’s first black player, Paul Canoville, a look back at Wimbledon’s Crazy Gang and a tribute to the world’s favourite ref, Pierluigi Collina. A snip at … Continue reading

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Memorable football goals by Richard Hincks

We recently came across a series of fine graphic prints by Manchester based designer, Richard Hincks (@RickHincks). Each depicts a significant goal in a team’s history simply by showing the path of the player and ball on the pitch. Simple and rather lovely. Get yourself one at www.Rincks.com.

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