Thursday, June 08, 2017

The Quiet Fan


I've added another new blog to this network, The Quiet Fan, to back the book of the same name (see picture), published by Unbound in the autumn of 2018.

The Quiet Fan is partly a memoir about watching Lincoln City, Rangers FC and Scotland in the 70s and 80s, and part philosophical musing on the way that supporters relate to the game and what really constitutes the 'importance' of football. The blog will feature exclusive content not in the book and will become a football-oriented version of Stay-At-Home Indie-Pop. You can buy the book here at the online shop of When Saturday Comes.

Update on the other blogs - Referee Tales is again being updated on a game-by-game basis after a period of rest enforced by injury, so the weekly tales of bother, aggro and violence (and occasional delight) have resumed. I also have a regular weekly column again at Soccer America, pontificating on various issues. In the first few weeks it's mainly been about how Gianni Infantino has reached low and achieved the impossible - he's proven to be an even worse President of FIFA than Sepp Blatter. We're now in a similar warped mindset to thinking that George W Bush - in light of the hollow-skulled fascist bampot on Pennsylvania Avenue right now - was maybe not so bad after all. (Though, in fact, he was.)

World Cup Human Rights has again proven too time-consuming to update regularly, and may well be merged with the The Quiet Fan at some point soon. True, that didn't work out well when Whizzer and Chips merged with Krazy comic in 1978 (cartoon characters were cruelly erased from the drawing boards and never heard of again), but I have the benefit of that experience to turn this upheaval into a smoother transition.