National Football Museum


Here's a nice photo from The National Football Museum. Not just Pirates, Punks & Politics, but also possibly the last remaining copy of Modern Football is Rubbish! Thanks to André Bâbord for spotting it.

Everyone Welcome: FC Lampedusa St. Pauli

Photo: Peter Boehmer

FC St. Pauli's integrity is often called into question by cynical football fans and media alike. We are accused of being a sell-out; a marketing behemoth, milking the perceived 'coolness' of the skull-and-crossbones brand; a corporate cash-cow. Sure, there's some truth in the commercialism, but don't ever believe that the club has lost its core values or its soul.

Many German supporters' groups have been supportive of the 'Refugees Welcome' movement, many clubs have run programmes encouraging refugees and migrants to attend matches or have established soccer schools for youngsters. FC St. Pauli have expanded on this good work by formally adopting FC Lampedusa – a refugee football team. 

FC Lampedusa began playing football in 2012/13, set up to support the "Lampedusa refugees" who arrived in Hamburg after fleeing war in Libya. Since then the team has welcomed all refugees, giving anyone over the age of 16 the chance to play football in a safe, friendly and fun environment (they are also pretty good, as Yorkshire St. Pauli can testify, we lost 10-1 to them in May, and FCL never really had to get out of first gear)

The lack of official 'papers' bars the players of FC Lampedusa from playing in formal league competition in Hamburg, instead the club play in a series of friendlies and tournaments raising awareness about the scale and scope of the refugee crisis. 

FC St. Pauli have extended the hand of friendship and support to FC Lampedusa, who will now benefit from practical support in booking pitches and training sessions, supply of kit, logistical support and, of course, raising awareness. 

FC Lampedusa has formally become FC Lampedusa St. Pauli –  an announcement made in front of over 16,000 fans at the recent pre-season friendly at the Millerntor against Sevilla. 

Read more about FC Lampedua St. Pauli here.

FC Lampedusa St.Pauli fc.lampedusa@gmx.de
Facebook: FCLampedusa


Twitter: @FCLampedusaHH

Here's Yorkshire St. Pauli & FC Lampedusa St. Pauli


There's some people on the stage, they think it's all over...

Post-match discussion at the 50th 'Anniversary 'Live' Screening of the 1966 World Cup Final. An interesting discussion on German/English fan culture. 

Watching the match 'live' was a fascinating experience, to some extent debunking the mythology that has grown up around the victory. Once I'd adjusted to the lack of a back-pass rule (how quickly we forget the chaos that introduced my Sunday League team back in 1992!) what was noticeable was how stretched the play was: both teams defending their 18-yard box virtually from kick-off. The result was plenty of space to pick up the ball in midfield and run with it. For my money, Alan Ball was man of the match, Geoff Hurst a virtual passenger! Moore & Jackie Charlton a formidable partnership. Off the pitch, there was a complete lack of hysteria, cliche or extended metaphor from commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme – Clive Tyldesley would've injected more hyperbole into the early rounds of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Okay, enough of this World Cup nonsense. The real thing starts on Monday night: VfB Stuttgart v FC St. Pauli. Forza Sankt Pauli!
 

1966 And Not All That

I have a chapter in 1966 And Not All That (edited by Mark Perryman of Philosophy Football fame). It's about the flow of fan culture between England and Germany since '66. It's published by Repeater Books.

Pirates, Punks & Politics at Harvard University


I was honoured to speak about FC St. Pauli at Harvard University's "Soccer as a Global Phenomenon" conference. I've written about the experience here. I also hope the paper itself will be available to read soon.

University of Brighton: guest speaker

On Friday 4th March 2016, I had the pleasure of speaking at the University of Brighton's  School of Sport and Management (in Eastbourne!) The preceding lecture had focused on fan culture in general and I was speaking about St. Pauli's active fan scene along with differences between English and German fan culture. An interesting day that made me wish I could be a student all over again!

The many faces of St. Pauli: some reflections

 

 Latest blog: read it here

Reflections on another trip to St. Pauli, partly inspired by (and in response to) an interesting blog by oldmangroom documenting his first ever trip to the Millerntor.

Straight (In &) Outta Sankt Pauli


A day trip to the Millerntor to watch a 0-4 defeat and to interview the President. Read all about it here.

Royalty time!


It's always nice when a royalty cheque drops through the letterbox. It's the only time you get an idea of how well books sales are holding up (especially as we are discouraging people as much as possible from using am*z*n, so their sales rankings don't hold much truck). But also, it is great to then be able to forward my royalties on to the 1910.eV. Museum project. This time I was able to send a payment of €480, meaning the book has raised nearly €3000 in total. Pleased with that! Thanks to everyone who has bought a copy.

'Gladbach all over!


Click here for a few words about FCSP's annual first round Cupxit. Lost 1-4 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Third edition


Just unpacked a batch of books and noticed we are on the third edition. Look forward to the next sales update and sending another cheque to the 1910 e.V. Museum.

Safe from relegation! #Klassehalten


FC St. Pauli avoided relegation to 3.Liga on the final day of the 2014/15 season. It was nail-biting stuff, losing 1-0 to Darmstadt (who secured promotion to the Bundesliga), we had to rely on other results, after a tense wait (the mobile network had long since collapsed under the weight of people frantically refreshing the phones) news came through that we were safe. All this drama was conducted in the middle of the annual Sonderzug – a bonkers 13 hour round trip on the disco train. Read about it here.

A trip to Karlsruhe with floodlights and elephants...


Read about my trip to Karlsruhe for a routine 3-0 defeat here. There were elephants. And floodlights. So, above is a picture of neither. Well, there is a tantalizing hint of floodlight...

€2500 donated to the Museum


It's that time of year when book publishers forward royalty cheques to their authors. Delighted to announce that UK book sales of Pirates, Punks & Politics have raised around €2500 for 1910 - Museum für den FC St. Pauli e.V. 


Happy World Book Day!


A lovely #WorldBookDay mention from the Football Beyond Borders crew. In some pretty esteemed company there... Goldblatt, Zirin! Although, quite rightly, I'm at the bottom of the pile! 

25-years of the Fanladen


TWENTY. FIVE. YEARS. It's hard to believe, that a quarter of a century has passed since Sven Brux established Fanladen St. Pauli (there's a great photo on the club website that even shows the container where it all began). The fantastic work for the local community and for football has been documented brilliantly elsewhere. I'd just like to add a more personal thanks as - quite simply - without the Fanladen, I'd never have got that ticket for the Gegengerade. I'd never have fallen in love with FCSP. I'd never have met the fantastic people that I've met through St. Pauli. Thank you.

Now available in the Museum's online shop


The 1910 e.V. Museum now have an online shop. If you are in Germany, this is the best place to buy your copy as it maximises the amount of money that goes back to the project.
Here's the link.

All Together Now

Last Saturday, I spoke at the #WhySportMatters seminar in London organised by Philosophy Football. Speakers included Dave Zirin, Uli Hesse and David Goldbaltt. Click here for a blog about the event.

Happy winterpause! Thanks you for all your help and support with the book this year.



(Football) season's greetings



This will probably upset my publisher, so I'd better put in the caveat that copies of Pirates, Punks & Politics are still available here! But really, as FCSP fans all we want for Christmas is #Nakiback with apologies to Half Man Half Biscuit and others.

Bollzen

with Ian Joy

On Saturday 11th October I had the privilege to attend Fabian Boll's farewell match and party. It was a great opportunity to say farewell to a genuine FCSP legend and also to catch up with Ian Joy, left-back turned foreword writer for Pirates, Punks & Politics. Read all about it here.