I promise the book will be better than the video...
All eyes where on Russia this summer as the country hosted the FIFA football World Cup in which England, for once, did quite well by making the semi-finals. With relations between the UK and Russian governments being particularly low, examples of racism and prejudice against the LGBT+ community being prevalent amongst some Russians and violence against England fans by Russian hooligans in France; many England fans opted not to travel to Russia for the tournament. Media hysteria and British government warnings added to the fear that England fans who travelled to the world cup were in for a rough ride.
However for the English who braved the trip they were met with great hospitality and a welcoming atmosphere by the Russian people, who were very keen to show that they differentiate between governments and citizens. As England progressed through the tournament and the fears of reprisal were proved irrelevant an original small England crowd grew to become a large contingent.
England’s image as a footballing nation is still scarred by the actions of hooligans in the past. However this element of the fan community is on its way out and is replaced by a well travelled group of football fans eager to learn about a new country and culture. Violent incidents were minimal and Russian, English and fans from all participating nations came together for a month-long country-wide party.
The UK is going through uncertain times and Britain is seemingly divided forever due to Brexit’s progress. However for a few weeks in the summer of 2018 – every one (in England) was momentarily united by a national cause. In Russia, English people of all backgrounds were in it together supporting their country and proving that football can heal some of the divisions between communities in the UK as here was a diverse support base singing for England together.
This project documents not only the positive experience had by the England fans but it also celebrates diversity amongst the England support base. The team was followed by many different communities in England this summer and hopefully this project will encourage more people to come out to football across the country.
The book will accompany a London based exhibition that is being presented by 'Fans For Diversity' a campaign by'Kick It Out' and 'The Footballers Supporters Federation' – which will have a private view on the 17th November in a London venue TBC.
The book design currently has 156 pages and will include over 120 full colour pictures. I will include a foreword and throughout the book there are stories and memories from the fans who travelled through Russia. The book will be printed by Ex Why Zed who printed my last book about Oldham Athletic and did a great job.
I hope you will enjoy this book and re-live what was an amazing summer whether you are into football or not. Memories for those of you who went to Russia and an insight into a passionate and dedicated subculture for those who didn't. Please support this book (and my career) by grabbing a pre-order or a print on this page now.
Thanks a lot and Caaamooon Engerlaaand!
THE SIX AVAILABLE PRINTS:
All six images are available as limited edition prints only available in this campaign. Either as 10"x12" or as part of the framed A3 print reward. The images will be printed on Fuji Matt paper and the framing will be done professionally at The Wiltshire Gallery in Salisbury.
Risks and challenges
There are little risks with the project as the book is completed and nearly ready for print. I am doing this Kickstarter campaign essentially to sell pre-orders so I can afford the costs of printing, which is high due to it being printed pictures in full colour.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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