Photo competition with Campo Retro winner

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Congratulations to Non League Review – winner of the No Standing & Campo Retro photo competition.

There were several pictures in the running from the many entries we received, including shots from Geraint Duckfield and Laurence Reade, but we felt that the picture above was the most evocative and, therefore, deserved to win.

Thanks to everyone that submitted their football shots.

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WHO ARE YA? Rich Johnson, The Football Attic

 

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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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No Standing x Campo Retro photo competition

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As I head towards my 1000th blog post, No Standing and Campo Retro have come together to offer all football fans around the world a fantastic opportunity to win a unique and personalized Campo Retro football shirt with free delivery, to anywhere.

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Campo Retro have a wide range of retro shirts available, with classic shirts and track jackets ranging from the 1950s to the 2000s. Not only that, but Campo Retro will also print/stitch any name and number that you want on the back of the shirt to make it extra special.

This competition is open to entrants from all over the world, so whether you live in Liverpool, Lisbon, Lahore, Linden or LA, you still have a great chance of winning this fantastic prize. It’s not where you’re from, it’s where you’re at.

It couldn’t be simpler to enter this competition, all you have to do is send in a picture of something football-related that you’ve taken yourself and email the photo to competitions@camposports.com

Whether it’s you at the game on Saturday, playing Sunday League, in your back garden with your children playing footy, a groundhopping picture of some floodlights or pyrotechnic display, or an arty shot from the Stuart Roy Clarke school of football photography, the best photo wins.It’s that simple.Wow us or make us laugh but be creative.

The competition closes on the 31st of May, 2014 and the winner will be announced soon after.

The winner will receive an email from Campo Retro to request information on shirt size, personalization and delivery address. All entries will also receive an exclusive discount to use at www.camporetro.com

GOOD LUCK!

Football Comedy – Ripping Yarns, Golden Gordon (BBC 1979)

BBC4 started re-runs of the classic comedy series from Michael Palin and Terry Jones, Ripping Yarns, last night.

Episode two of the second series of Ripping Yarns is ‘Golden Gordon’, a loving parody of a non-league football fan and Yorkshire football in general, filmed around Barnoldswick and Keighley.

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It is 1935. On a stereotypically cold, wet, windswept and bleak West Yorkshire hillside sits the Sewage Works ground, home to Barnstoneworth United. Once a mighty team in the Yorkshire Premier League, they have now fallen on hard times.

Barnstoneworth United haven’t won a match in six years. After losing 8-1 to Brighouse, depressed United superfan Gordon Ottershaw comes home and smashes the furniture in his house in fury (my Dad, half-jokingly, used to say that he came home and kicked the cat, Lofty [named after Nat Lofthouse] when Bolton lost). His wife Eileen (Gwen Taylor) quietly accepts this. She keeps trying to tell him that she’s having a baby, but he seems not to notice.

“Eight One – Eight bloody One! – And even that were an own goal!”

Ottershaw has been teaching his son (who’s first name is Barnstoneworth, middle name United) every detail of the club’s results, players and statistics (again, my Dad has an almost preternatural ability to recall the scores of every match he’s ever been to, dating back to the mid 1950s). Over dinner, having memorised the 1922 side perfectly, his father chimes in at the end, sighing as he speaks:

” Won none. Drawn none. One cancelled owing to bereavement. Lost 18.”

A die-hard supporter, Ottershaw laments the clubs latest troubles over his custard pudding:

”Centre forward’s off with boils, two half back’s are going to a wedding and the goal-keepers got a cold. Chairman’ll sort it out.”

The Chairman in question will definitely sort it out. He plans to sell the club to a scrap merchant and walk away from it all with some brass in his back pocket. His only opinion of Gordon Ottershaw is that:

”It’s a form of madness you know, wearing your scarf in bed.”

Barnstoneworth are in dire trouble. On the training ground you’re more likely to hear ” He’s got my shorts on”  and ” Can I go at half past six?” than you are any sounds of encouragement or tactical nous.  But Gordon has a brain wave. He will round-up all the best surviving ex-Barnstoneworth players for the coming Saturday’s cup tie against Denley Moor Academicals. That will save the club!

The idea comes to him when he’s visiting (nay pleading) with the scrap dealer not to buy Barnstoneworth United and sell his beloved club down the river.  The subject of when Barnstoneworth last won a game comes up… Quick as a flash superfan Gordon has the answer:

“October 7th, 1931. 2-0 against Pudsey.“

“Haggerty F, Ferris, Noble, Codren, Crapper, Davis, Sullivan, O’Grady, Kembell, Hacker and Davitt*. Davitt scored twice, once in 21st minute, once in 28th minute…”

”Davitt, he were hell of a player.” says the scrap merchant. ” He were bald weren’t he? Head like stainless steel.”

“That’s right. He once scored with the back of his head from 28 yards against Barnsley reserves in 1922.”

Saturday comes, and the Cup tie against Denley Moor Academicals kicks off. United only have four players (and three pairs of shorts), whereas the captain of the Denley Moor team is the famous Eric Olthwaite. Things look bad, but Gordon arrives with the old team who take to the field. Davitt opens the scoring with his bald head, and, shock of shocks, Barnstoneworth eventually win 8 – 1.

“8 BLOODY 1!”

‘Golden Gordon’ ends with Gordon smashing up his own home in celebration this time. Clock, photos, radio go flying out through the window as the Match of the Day theme plays. And it still hasn’t registered with him that his wife has been trying to tell him she is pregnant throughout the entire episode.

*The mighty Half Man Half Biscuit named their third album McIntyre, Treadmore and Davitt in tribute to this episode, and the front cover is a still from the programme.

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See also A Visit to Gordon Ottershaw’s House, by Merrick Cork, which talks about the Yorkshire footballing inspirations behind the episode.

NEAR POST – New England shirt to cost up to £90!!!

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BBC Sport reported yesterday that Nike were making the same shirts that the England players will wear in Brazil in the summer available to the general public, but that they will cost up to £90!

The following is from the BBC Sport website article ‘World Cup 2014: England shirts’ £90 price tag ‘takes the mickey”:

Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford said the pricing strategy was “disappointing” while Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton called it “appalling” and “taking the mickey”.

The most expensive Nike “match shirts” will be identical to the ones worn at this summer’s World Cup finals.

The FA said it avoids any involvement with kit manufacturers about pricing.

Alternative “stadium” shirts are priced at £60, while versions for children aged between eight and 15 cost £42.

The £90 shirts have enhanced “cooling technology” compared to the £60 shirts, according to Nike’s website.

Efford said: “I’m disappointed that fans are being asked to pay up to £90 for a new England shirt.

“The game of football seems to be increasingly about profit and commercialism rather than the community and the fans, who have sustained football for many generations.”

The previous Nike home kit has only been around since last May – seven England matches [eight, actually – GM] – after the manufacturer took over from Umbro, and Efford said that also hit parents hard.

He added: “The frequency with which these kits are changed adds to the expense. When it comes to buying for more than one child it gets extremely expensive and people on moderate or low incomes are excluded from that privilege.”

Barton said on Twitter: “£90 for the new England shirt is taking the mickey out of the fans. When will it stop? Appalling. In my opinion. Football again allows commercialism to eat away at its soul. Something has got to give.”

In a statement, English football’s governing body said: “The FA is a not-for-profit organisation that puts £100m back into the game every year.

“It is through relationships with partners such as Nike that we are able to maintain that level of investment in football.

“The FA’s policy is to avoid any involvement with how its partners/licensees set their prices, so as to avoid any risk of or implications of price fixing.”

A Football Supporters’ Federation spokesman said: “Fans with kids often argue that strips are changed too often. The FSF would advocate manufacturers incorporating a ‘best before’ date into the strip’s label. Supporters buying a strip would then know exactly what they’re paying for and be able to make a decision based on that.”

England fans’ spokesman Mark Perryman said sales of the shirts would be based more on the team’s performance at the World Cup than the price.

Perryman said: “I think the prices are ridiculous compared to what they cost to produce.

“Commercially, if you go back through history, the most successful England shirts in terms of sales have been the ones from periods when England are doing well.

“To that end, I think Nike have got a bum deal because expectations ahead of the World Cup are at an all-time low. People are just not that excited about the England team.

“Who in their right mind thinks we are going to do well in Brazil?”

Exactly.

Well, if you can afford to shell out the asking price for a new Nike shirt then fair play to you, but there are plenty of alternatives from previous England World Cup campaigns by retro shirt companies like Admiral Sportswear, Umbro, Campo and TOFFS out there if you want to wear a replica shirt from yesteryear.

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The famous England 1966 Bobby Moore shirt heralds back to our only World Cup title so far, whilst the England 1982 home shirt was a classic worn as the three lions of England took on the world’s elite in Espana 82.

At the end of the day, Saint, you pay your money and take your choice…