WHO ARE YA? Rich Johnson, The Football Attic



1) Who are ya?

Rich Johnson, 39, All round good guy 😉

2) Who do you support?

Coventry City…my home team, who else?

3) What was your first game?

Last game of the 95/96 season – a bore draw with Leeds

4) What do you do for a job?

My official title is IT Systems Development Manager…make of that what you will 😉

5) Have you played/worked for any football clubs?

In short, no…In long…nooooooooo…

6) How did you get into blogging?

I’d had a few abortive attempts a few years ago, but it never seemed to work out. At the same time, I was a fan of Chris’ old blog, Some People Are On The Pitch and also the excellent Sound of Football podcast him, Terry Duffelen & Graham Sibley did. I got in touch with them a few times and struck up a good friendship with Chris. We were discussing football nostalgia one day and both of us liked the idea of creating a blog around it. I was somewhat hesitant to start one of my own given my past failures, so when Chris suggested co-blogging, I was more than happy to lean on his vast experience. Thus, the Football Attic was born.

7) What do you get out of it?

Other than an outlet to be creative and share nostalgic memories, I’d say the interaction with people gives me the most pleasure. I do most of the twitter work so I get plenty of chance to converse with a wide range of people, some of whom have become good friends. Our League of Blogs feature also brought a lot of the blogging community together and is a huge amount of fun.

8) What advice would you give someone wanting to follow in your stud marks/footsteps?

Hang off the coat-tails of someone who’s already established 😉  Seriously, follow what you’re passionate about and just do it because you enjoy it.

9) If you could do it all again what would you change?

Not a huge amount really. I thoroughly enjoy writing for the Attic. I’d maybe increase the number  of hours in the day as I struggle to find time to write anything. Thankfully, Chris more than makes up for my lack of prolificness.

10) Who’s your footballing hero?

Maradona – despite the Hand of God goal, he is the best footballer of all time. It would have been great to see what he’d have been like if he could have stayed clean, but then he wouldn’t have been Maradona.

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Win a copy of ‘Got, Not Got: Manchester City’ in our competition

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A signed copy of ‘Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Manchester City’ is up for grabs in our new competition…

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All you have to do is name the ten City players on these stickers and the winning entry will be drawn out of a hat.
Send your entries to: garysilke@sky.com
The closing date is a week from now Thursday 5th June. Good luck…

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man city i jIf you can’t be bothered to wait, or never win these sort of things, then just buy it here on Amazon for a piffling £12.99.

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OH…MY…GOD!!!!! Here comes the world cup on ITV!!!!… Oh dear I seem to have ironing to do

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I must have seen ITV’s world cup advert at least 10 bloody times since it was first broadcast. Every time I see it I hate That Modern Football a little bit more.

Firstly check out the slogan ITV are rocking!!!!


Why would I want or need to brace myself about the world cup? Why would anyone want or need to brace themselves about the world cup? This isn’t the first world cup that been shown on television dickheads. WE KNOW WHAT’S INVOLVED WITH A FUCKING WORLD CUP.

If it’s the footy, we simply must include some contorted football-related facial expressions;

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More bullshit from the advertising wankers. Yet again they’ve made it look like football fans are only capable of veering between hopeless despair and manically contorted ecstasy.  The lazy stereotyping advertising bastards.

Call me a big cynic but I don’t quite picture the woman at the bottom getting that excited about football. I may be wrong about this but I’m using the women with which I’ve watched football as…

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Behold, the wonderful collection of the Urban Gent

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“Proudly Wear Your Colours With Style”

That’s the bottom line that leads the way in the Manifesto of the good guys over at Urban Gent.

Bringing together, football and fashion with design at its core, these guys are doing something brilliant.

This is what they stand for…


And here’s a snippet of their beautiful collection.

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Awesome eh!


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So join the revolution, support something beautiful and take a look at all these good folk have to offer here.

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Burro No Alla Violenza T-shirts

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The first No Alla Violenza t-shirts were designed in late 1989, to promote a peaceful world cup for Italia 90. Initially some retailers rejected them on the grounds that the message was ‘too deep’, however they were soon stocked by shops like Duffer of St George, Bond, Geese, Psyche, Hip and Well Gosh and over the next few months everyone was wearing them.The anti hooigan message was taken up not only by serious football fans but all the cool club people as well, by the end of 1990 they were the must have item.  They have been re-released for Brazil and available here


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40 Years Ago Today – Franky Wortho’s Cowboy Kick for England

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Four decades ago Leicester City’s Frank Worthington scored for England – an occasion so special that I was allowed to stay up late and watch it on Sportsnight, even though I had to be up for school…


England (who also had Frank’s City teammates Keith Weller and Peter Shilton in the line-up) drew 2-2 with Argentina at Wembley in the lead up to a World Cup tournament that sadly neither England, or Frank, would be gracing.

YouTube video…


The FOX will be following the fortunes of Leicester City, as we have since the 1986-87 season, so if you want each copy posted to your door then take out a subscription now.
You will have the option to buy our Champions cigarette card set (which will be posted out with the Summer Special in July) at a greatly reduced price of £3.50.

To subscribe either print out the subs form…

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The Football Pink


Issue 4 of The Football Pink magazine has arrived and in case you don’t know, there’s a World Cup on! To celebrate the greatest show on Earth, we have devoted our new print only release to World Cups past, present and future.

For just £2.50 (inc. postage), click on the “Buy now” button to get your copy. For a limited time only, the first 50 to order will also receive a FREE copy of Issue 3 to savour. (NON-UK RESIDENTS EMAIL TheFootballPink@hotmail.co.uk before ordering to find out postage costs, Copies will not be sent outside the UK at UK postage rates)

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Here’s some of what’s on offer in this summer’s World Cup issue:

– Patrick Barclay talks to us about his World Cup experiences
– Canada’s 2026 bid hopes
– The potential impact of UKIP and Nigel Farage on English football
– History of the World Cup trophy
– Stoichkov…

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