Dur­ing the dark days of the ’80s, many peo­ple be­came dis­il­lu­sioned with the state of the game and the way that it treated its fans. Th­ese sup­port­ers found a voice through the cre­at­ing and sell­ing of foot­ball fanzines. Al­most ev­ery club in the coun­try had a fanzine or two, all lov­ingly made us­ing Le­traset, Tipp-ex and pho­to­copiers, and flogged out­side the grounds as an al­ter­na­tive op­tion to the club-pro­duced match pro­grammes.

Hu­mour played a vi­tal part, and many of them had suit­ably ir­rev­er­ent names like QPR’S A Kick Up The Rs and Barns­ley’s West Stand Bogs, plus glo­ri­ously ti­tled Gilling­ham favourite Brian Moore’s Head Looks Un­can­nily Like Lon­don Plan­e­tar­ium.

In an era in which foot­ball fans were of­ten marginalised, fanzines at­tempted to ar­tic­u­late sup­port­ers’ views, in­flu­ence au­thor­i­ties and change per­cep­tions. It was in chang­ing per­cep­tions that they had most suc­cess. The fanzine cre­ators helped to re­de­fine the im­age of foot­ball fans, from the knuckle-drag­ging yobs to bright and peace­ful mem­bers of so­ci­ety.

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