Editorial: On being thankful for being far removed from FIFA

Editorial: On being thankful for being far removed from FIFA

I’m writing this editorial on the day of FIFA’s annual The Best Football Awards. Ordinarily I’d be oblivious to this; not today. But that’s only because they happen to be taking place at my workplace. Right now, as I look out of the office window, tuxedoed men I don’t recognise are being ushered towards a row of photographers, a line of glamorous young women in shiny frocks are being used as window dressing on a staircase, blokes in hi-vis vests are keeping tourists behind distant barriers and an invisible man on a microphone is encouraging anyone who can hear him to ‘get ready to make some noise for Joachim Low’. Continue reading “Editorial: On being thankful for being far removed from FIFA”

County Boundaries – the case for and against Yorkshire’s national football team

County Boundaries – the case for and against Yorkshire’s national football team

Yorkshire has a national football team, no really. Formed last summer, with the aim of becoming part of CONIFA – the international governing body for Non-FIFA affiliated Associations for association football – its existence has already split opinion, including here at popular STAND fanzine. Here, first printed in issue 93 of the fanzine, Jack Peat and Glen Wilson argue the cases for and against Yorkshire’s national side. Continue reading “County Boundaries – the case for and against Yorkshire’s national football team”

Zen, Zenith, Zenica; Losing and Winning with Wales in Bosnia

Zen, Zenith, Zenica; Losing and Winning with Wales in Bosnia

Sunday 11 October, 10:30pm

Your eyes blink open to dull equidistant yellow flashes of street lamps dancing across the steamed up window. You wipe away the condensation and peer through the raindrops to see the familiar stark brutalist tower-blocks of New Belgrade. You’ve been here before. Continue reading “Zen, Zenith, Zenica; Losing and Winning with Wales in Bosnia”

Haifa a High; Wales in Israel

Haifa a High; Wales in Israel

‘Oh shit! I’ve forgotten my lucky envelope as well’.

Those words are mine. They left my mouth on the morning of the game. You need not know why the envelope is deemed lucky, nor how I’d come to forget it, but for context do consider this. I am 32 years old. I’m educated. But for the duration of a morning’s exploration of Haifa I genuinely feared I had jeopardised the hopes of my nation’s football team through the act of leaving a torn dog-eared envelope in a South London flat. This is what following Wales does to you. It suspends all notions of rationality or belief and replaces them instead with a clouded fug of paranoia, superstition, melancholy, and blind, desperate, stupid hope. Continue reading “Haifa a High; Wales in Israel”

Charles Richards – The Forgotten International

Charles Richards – The Forgotten International

Another day, another piece of gold plucked from the pages of popular STAND as we continue our showcase of some of the best content from the fanzine last season. John Coyle has been writing for popular STAND since the very first issue back in 1998; a true font of Rovers knowledge, a gentleman, and, lucky for us (and you), a very engaging writer as well. In issue 68 he looked back at the career at Rovers’ forgotten international, the great Charlie Richards. Continue reading “Charles Richards – The Forgotten International”

The Long Weekend; five matches, five days, four countries

The Long Weekend; five matches, five days, four countries

Doable. That’s Ralph’s verdict. It’s always Ralph’s verdict. And, as ever, that’s enough for you to agree to go along for the improbable; the unrecommended but ultimately possible. Wales Under 21s play in the Czech Republic’s northern tip on Monday evening. Within 24 hours of that final whistle the senior team kick-off 600 miles away in Serbia. Attending both is, apparently, doable. So you question not how, you simply book flights. And then, feeling confident, you chuck in three more games across Friday and Saturday, because if you’re going to commit to doing silly challenges like these things you should commit fully. Cardiff. Doncaster, twice. Jablonec. Novi Sad. Five matches. Five days. Four countries. Doable. Continue reading “The Long Weekend; five matches, five days, four countries”

Belles Ring Out at Euros

Belles Ring Out at Euros

 

Three members of the Doncaster Rovers Belles squad tonight featured in their second match at the UEFA Women’s Under 19s Championships in Turkey. Sadly for the England trio of Mary Earps, Beth England and Jess Sigsworth (pictured above from left), their fixture against Spain ended in defeat, following on from an opening match loss to Sweden at the start of the week. Continue reading “Belles Ring Out at Euros”

Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut

Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut

After some thorough research the fanzine has discovered that unfortunately Mustapha Dumbuya did not feature for Sierra Leone in the African Cup of Nations 1st round match against Sao Tome & Principe at the weekend. The match, played in Freetown on Saturday, finished 4-2 to Sierra Leone, giving them a 5-4 win on aggregate, but further details on the game had been hard to come by following a media blackout of the match. Continue reading “Dumbuya Misses Out on International Debut”