October 19, 2012 by

The Seagull Love Review #42 is for sale at Falmer tomorrow at the Middlesbrough game. Still a pound a copy, still the only BHAFC fanzine around, and still going strong. Lots of places to buy a mag around the concourse before the match, just keep your eyes peeled in the 25000 strong crowd (still gets me that, 25K to see the Albion? Not me personally though, I’m abroad once more).

The fanzine will also be available to Albionites everywhere else around the globe via the TSLR website, where you can buy subscriptions, back issues, Build a Bonfire, and other bits and bobs of BHAFC fan culture. Check it out.


STAND Against Modern Football #2

October 16, 2012 by

After issue #1 sold out in no time, everyone involved in STAND AMF was astonished about the demand for such a paper fanzine today. It really was a roaring success. So, you better be quick and get an order in for issue 2 which went on sale yesterday from the excellent new STAND website.

I’ve submitted a small write up about my recent trip to Genova to watch Sampdoria v Torino, but apart from that I’m not sure what else is in this edition, but if it’s anything like the seminal #1 and the writing on the new site then you really can’t afford to miss it, if you’re against modern football yourself of course. If however you’re a SoccerAM-loving #bantz #tekkers whopper then it’s definitely not for you. Simple.

The demand has proven that people are crying out to be heard in our country, they want to have a voice against the sad state of British (and most foreign) football, and STAND is the only thing going in print that’s giving a platform to these voices in Olde Blighty. Thanks to everyone who bought the first issue, and if you keep supporting it it can grow into a lot more than the excellent fanzine it undoubtedly is right now.


A casual buy no. 47

October 2, 2012 by

The 30/30 jacket ‘out of the box’

It will be a long time before I do another ‘A casual buy’ post, not this year anyway, probably not for another year. The reason is this latest purchase. The ’30/30 Anniversary Jacket’ from Stone Island. This came at an eye-popping price, but I couldn’t resist owning a piece of SI history, plus you’re really getting two jackets for the price of one, or more accurately one and a half jackets, as will be seen. This will also be a very long, photo-heavy, post.

That ugly 30th Anniversary badge again

The blurb for this jacket from Stone Island themselves states:

The 30/30 jacket is a cross section of the state of the art of Stone Island. A testament to three decades of exploration and development, it has been designed to embody the spirit of Stone Islands endless creativity. Linked by the signature looped rigging system, both the jacket shell and jacket liner are reversible. These can be worn, either together or alone, in a total of 10 different ways. The transformative properties of the fabrics mean that these 10 ways can each be worn in 3 different states: Ice, Reflective, and Normal; resulting in a total of 30 different jacket modes. The numerous details, such as the reversible cuff and liner button, have been specially engineered to ensure the smooth operation of all jacket features in every worn state. The inclusion of both natural and man made face fabrics, as well as engineered knit and down components, ensure that the jacket can be worn across the broadest spectrum of climates and situations.

Total ways: 10

  1. Shell alone: Raso face outside
  2. Shell alone: Prismatic face outside
  3. Liner alone: Knit face outside
  4. Liner alone: Thermo Reflective face outside
  5. Shell and liner together: Raso face over Knit face
  6. Shell and liner together: Prismatic face over Knit face
  7. Shell and liner together: Raso face over Thermo Reflective face
  8. Shell and liner together: Prismatic face over Thermo Reflective face
  9. Shell and liner together: Thermo Reflective face over Raso face
  10. Shell and liner together: Thermo Reflective face over Prismatic face

Total States: 3

  1. Normal
  2. Ice
  3. Reflective

Total Modes: 30

Wow, there you have it. For ‘Ice’ read ‘really cold weather’. For ‘Reflective’ read ‘night time’.

The shell alone: Raso Gommato outside

Shell alone: Mussola Prismatica outside (I really like this)

The liner alone: Knit face outside. Can’t see many wearing it like this, looks just like what it is – a coat inside out. Horrible.

Liner alone: Thermo/reflective face outside (I really like this, there’s an idea forming here)

I then started putting it all together in the different ways the two elements interact. The jacket(s) have the famous SI ‘Dutch rope system’ to keep both jackets tied together once assembled. They also have inner sleeve and collar buttons to hold it together. I would’ve been out in the yard all day tying up little loops of cord, fuck that. So, I’ve just put one jacket loosely over the other as best I can for this next sequence of phots, to give a rough idea of how it looks in various guises; it will look better properly ‘joined together’ later. Promise.

Ice/thermo/reflective inner over the Prismatic face

Detailing: loose ‘Dutch Rope’ and the Mussola fabric

The ‘Ice’ jacket doing it’s thing, it was nippy out today. This will go a very dark grey in the really cold. (I love Ice jackets – pattern forming mmm)

Ice over Raso. The hood has a detachable inner/outer on both shell types, same material as the ice/reflective

That detachable section of the hood, looks too blocky on the outside for me

Detailing: buttons and reflective cuff on the Raso

Pocket detailing on the puffa (yes the Ice is down filled)

The hood with the reflective section reversed with Mussola outside (best combo I think)

More Mussola detailing, love the contrasting orange stitching

The Mussola Prismatica shell from the back

The wee booklet that comes with the jacket

Instructions for the dopey/uninitiated in dutch roping

“30 Ways to Love”

Ok, after playing around with the jacket and getting sore arms – it’s a heavy thing when put together – I decided which way I liked to wear it best. I like the Mussola on it’s own, but Winter is nearly here and the best way to get this worn is to put it together as one. So, I roped it all up like a good Dutchman, and voila, below is the jacket assembled the way I intend to wear it (for now). So, by Stone Island’s own criteria it’s ‘Shell and Liner together: Thermo Reflective face over Prismatic face’. It is a beautiful garment, but as I said before, that’s it for a long time for clothes shopping for me, this was pricier than it should have been, but I had to have one. That’s all folks.

Sampdoria 1 – 1 Torino (Part 2)

September 26, 2012 by

More phots of the game itself. Awesome place, even when only two thirds full.

The banner reads “12.30pm – eternal hatred of modern football” because this game was brought forward from 3pm to suit the TV companies scheduling

Sampdoria 1 – 1 Torino (Part 1)

September 26, 2012 by

I’ve put my photos from our trip to Genova to see Sampdoria v Torino on the blog here, but as I’ve written two articles for both The Seagull Love Review and StandAMF about the whole experience I think it’s best I don’t repeat it all again here. You can buy both publications soon online for a pittance each by checking in here and here, and anyway, as the cliche of the old cliche goes “Pictures speak louder than words” or is it “Pictures are louder than bombs”? Fuck knows.

Some loud bombs at the Marassi for this one, a special game in every way. I’ve already booked flights for the visit of Fiorentina on the 28th April next year. Absolutely recommend it to anyone who likes to be treated as an adult at a game of football, the difference to back home is incredible, and to be honest makes me more determined to fight the modern game here. Oh, and Genova is a worthwhile visit on its own, without the football. NO AL CALCIO MODERNO.

For the significance of Paolo Mantovani to UC Sampdoria click here


September 19, 2012 by

The bags are packed, the wallet is full of Euros (for those delicious Genovese pesto dishes), the tickets are ready to pick up from Sampdoria Point on Sunday before the match. All I have to do now is brush up on my pidgin Italian and get my (and the Doris’s) arse up to Gatwick tomorrow morning to fly to Genova.

We’ll be taking in the sights of this beautiful old Mediterranean port city and of course I’ll be photographing everything, especially match day at the Marassi. This is a trip I’ve been meaning to do for years now, and it’s finally happening.

Phots will go up here when I get back next week, and expect two different write-ups (with aforementioned phots) in both @tslr and @standamf

Ci vediamo

Book review: Dressers

September 18, 2012 by

Dressers: 80s Lads Culture, One-Upmanship, Football, Fashion & Music : by Stanley Smith (yeah, ok)

First Published : 2012

ISBN 978-0-9570340

Score out of 5 :

The production and publishing history concerning this book about the famous(ish) Saturday Service of Motherwell FC is a story in itself. Release dates put back without warning, pre-orders gathering virtual internet dust on last pages of email accounts, compulsory tabloid hysteria about ‘nazi salutes’ and other horseshit. But it eventually saw the light of day, and was worth the hype, even of the ‘outraged’ kind.

Motherwell are well known by the ITK illuminati (a group which I’m quite happily admitting I never was a member of) for having one the earliest, and certainly best dressed, crew of footbal lads north of the border. They boast in their ranks über-casual ‘Kerso’, who has one the finest collections of The Stuff on the planet, and is a very nice bloke to boot apparently (again according to those ITK agents).

It’s just as well Kerso was SS, because I think he’s loaned most of the material for the frankly quite brilliant photos in this tome. The clothes on show here are the best you’ll see on the backs of any lads, anywhere, anytime. They are a credit to Scotland, a country usually renowned for tartan & Timberland whoppers and the shirt, scarf and bigotry cavemen who follow the two big Glasgow clubs.

The first half of the book contains the only weak point – a blow by blow account of how the SS battered everything in it’s path back in the day, yawn, another fantasy football hooligan account of this week’s latest ‘hardest mob on the planet’. The only saving grace of this section are the accompanying phots. I don’t know or care if the Saturday Service ran Rangers’ ICF round and round the concourse at Ibrox, but the pictures, some of them press cuttings, have some well dressed young chaps doing what young chaps (used to) do every Saturday. Even the permed mullet assassins have some nice threads in here.

The second half of the book is the meat in this casual gravy, it’s all about the clobber. And there are some beautiful items on show, from early 80s tennis gear, through to 1990s Osti chic. If Phil Thornton had had this kind of photo collection for his seminal (and still best) book on the subculture, they would be studying ‘casuals’ for University degrees today. Quite outstanding.

All in all, a very, very good book from Motherwell’s finest, and if you have more than a passing interest on the subject of football, fashion & fighting, you can’t really not buy this. Recommended.


September 11, 2012 by

The last issue of The Seagull Love Review SOLD OUT. That’s right, not a copy was left in the basement at TSLR Towers. I think that’s a first; I could be wrong and I’m not arsed enough to ask Sam & Stef if it is, but even if it isn’t – thanks to all Albionites who dug out a Great British Pound for their own copy of our (and it seems your) favourite fanzine.

Issue number 41 is at the printers now and will be on sale at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Friday night at Falmer. Grab hold of one of the snot-nosed little pocket dippers who are doing such a good job of firstly giving TSLR a more prominent profile around the ground, and secondly selling it. It keeps them from twocking cars and robbing houses, everyone’s a winner.

As the fanzine is becoming more established (in a synchronous relationship with the club itself), TSLR HQ have decided to introduce MERCHANDISE to the 20,000 of you who now fill the stands at our magnificent new home. Check the TSLR online shoppe and their excellent blog for more details.

I’m still contributing to the fanzine, which is increasingly harder to do as I haven’t been home for a competitive game since April; but I will be around later this month and next, and will be able to fully rate my new seat view from the East Stand Upper. Oh, and I’m off to Genoa in two weeks to watch Sampdoria v Torino in Serie A, so that will get a write up for issue 42, God willing.

Thanks to everyone who continues to buy The Seagull Love Review, give yourselves a great big group hug.

A casual buy no. 46

September 3, 2012 by

This landed at home while I’ve been abroad. A special collaboration between Casual Connoisseur and Tuk Tuk. The former are based in Stockport and make limited edition clothing and accessories from the things that inspire them personally – films, the outdoors, football, clothing, icons, and lots of other eclectic bits of culture. They are also sound lads and good pals of mine. Quality not quantity.

Tuk Tuk is a label I’ve not bought from before, I know they make loads of shirts, and since I already have enough shirts at home to fit out an army of Indian road diggers, I’ve not picked any up before now. Tuk Tuk are inspired by the rich colours and cultures of South Asia, hence the brand name.

The collab came in three different colours of the same style of shirt, I chose the ‘Richardson’ as it looked the best, and anyway, only real men can wear pink and get away with it.

STAND Against Modern Football #1

August 24, 2012 by

Get it while it’s hot

It’s finally here, the most anticipated publication since the Almighty took a hammer and chisel to two great big fuck off stone tablets on top of Mount Sinai, and said to Moses “Ere y’are lad”. The first issue ever of Stand – Against Modern Football is finished and on sale now; and the Lord said “from small acorns shall grow mighty oaks”. Here’s a link to the site where you can buy it:


You’ll notice the cover is a picture of the protests at The Goldstone Ground during the dark days of Archer and Bellotti, very apt I think.

Rolling of the press

I wrote a piece in issue 40 of The Seagull Love Review about STAND, as the guys behind this new national fanzine are mates of mine and the TSLR boys, who themselves do a stirling job producing Brighton’s one and only fanzine.  STAND’s Tumblr have reposted my TSLR article here. Buy a copy of TSLR at the match to read more about it. Actually, buy both of the bloody things and let’s get Albion fans at the heart of what we hope will be a popular, fan-led movement to bring a bit of sanity back into the higher levels of the professional game of football.

I have written a 1500 word article in this first issue of STAND about the Albion, our struggles from Archer through to those NIMBY bastards on Lewes Council, and to hopefully show that not all modern stadiums and club stories are doom and gloom, and that there are still things in the modern game that are worthy and benign – and the current state of Brighton & Hove Albion is definitely one of them. We, as a club, are still among the good guys, and that’s something to be proud of in my opinion.

After all, Brighton fans wrote the rule books about fan power, taking on the shysters, the clowns, and the fucking crooks who always seem to weasel their way into football clubs and associations. We’re old hands at this kind of thing. And that’s why Build a Bonfire and We Want Falmer are such important books about this fight for the soul of the game. So get STAND AMF bought, contribute, spread the word.


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