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Portobello FC

Unique?

Portobello FC

I was delighted to find a new club local to me this week. I was even more delighted to see their unique shirts. The boys at Portobello Football Club were kind enough to send me some details of the club and its ethos. I wish them well.

“Portobello Football Club is a hyper-local football club representing the world-famous Portobello Road and the local community in Notting Hill and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Kicking off this season (22/23), Portobello FC aims to challenge the status quo and to become one of the most exciting projects in non-League football by embracing the colourful and creative nature of the community.

The area is known across the world for the Portobello Road Market, the Notting Hill Carnival, and the film ‘Notting Hill’ starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts! Popular with tourists, it was also the stomping ground for the iconic punk-rock band The Clash as well as the British reggae group Aswad!

Working with American sportswear brand Icarus, Portobello FC have been able to produce an eye-catching collection of kits that are far from boring and have sold across the world. Portobello FC have also collaborated with London-based street artist FacesOrFaces to produce a limited edition, graffiti-style football kit!

Behind the Badge: The peacock, a symbol of pride, integrity, and beauty. A bird as colourful as Portobello Road, a nod to the Notting Hill Carnival, and a promise to play the beautiful game the way it is supposed to be played. The crown, a symbol to represent the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – our wider community.

The club will be competing in the Middlesex County Football League at the very bottom of the English Football pyramid.”

I wish them every success in the seasons ahead. If Dorking Wanderers can do it ………

Get in touch with the club via their website or via Twitter


A Unique Shirt for a Unique Club

Mick Harford

Mick Harford

I was disappointed to learn that Luton Town legend Mick Harford had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I was equally pleased to see that all at the club are supporting him and all others who have the disease. Great respect to all at Kenilworth Road.

March The Month for men like Mick.

The football season is almost underway, with debates about who’ll be crowned champions in full flow. But there’s one thing every football fan can agree on – too many of our men are dying of prostate cancer. And that’s why everyone can March The Month this September. No matter who you support.

Last year we saw fans across the UK take part in Prostate United, the monthly running and cycling challenge. Staff from teams like Leeds United, Wolves and Everton made up the miles together each day and have so far raised more than £100,000. Luton Town boasted the biggest squad – including manager Nathan Jones – running every day to support assistant boss and club legend Mick Harford, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. 


“I’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support and this gesture from the staff at the football club is amazing,” Mick

This September we have a challenge for football fans everywhere – walk 11,000 steps a day for 11,000 dads, partners, grandads, sons, brothers, uncles and mates who die from prostate cancer every year.

Do it alone, with family, a team, or your mates from 5-a-side, and you’ll join a dedicated community of marchers who’ll support and inspire you along the way. You’ll never march alone.

SIGN UP TO MARCH THE MONTH



Brentford 2nd Kit

Brentford Away 2021-22, 2022-23

BRENTFORD’S SECOND KIT REVEALED FOR 22/23 & 23/24 SEASONS

  • Influenced by the popular kits of the 1980s and early 1990s, and featuring the castle crest, Brentford’s new Umbro strip is on sale in-store

In all honesty, I am proud of Brentford doing the right things by fans. Far too many clubs issuing 3,4,5,6 shirts per season nowadays (“Goalkeeper’s third shirt Champions League short-sleeve Version” etc) 

“With our fans behind us, we are never away from home.” The words of Thomas Frank which have helped inspire Brentford’s new Umbro second jersey for 2022/23 and 2023/24 seasons.

The new kit has been revealed today and will go on sale in the Bees Superstore on Saturday 23 July, 9am. The light blue design, reminiscent of our away kits from the eighties and early nineties, feature an embroidered castle crest and will be the second kit in as many years which will be rolled over for two seasons.

The castle crest was introduced in 1975 as a celebration of ‘the fortress’ Griffin Park, when, in the 1929/30 season, the Club went on a record-breaking run of 21 home wins and was used by the Club for 18 seasons between 1975/76 and 1992/93. It has been reintroduced to the new kit for this two-year cycle, representing the fortress which our fans help us to build away from home. 

With its stylish design and comfort, we believe it will please the fans as much off the pitch as it will the players on it. It also features ribbed cuffs and collar, signed off on the inside with ‘Bee Together’, our message of inclusivity and our Bee symbol printed on the neck.

Jon Varney, Chief Executive of Brentford FC, said: “The castle badge holds a special place in many of our fans’ hearts and this kit gives us the chance to celebrate a period in our history while acknowledging the impact that our fans’ support gives Thomas and the team, particularly away from home.

“We took the unusual decision last season to roll our home kit over for two seasons, offering more value to our fans and helping to reduce our carbon impact by extending the kit’s lifespan. The feedback from our supporters, and beyond, was overwhelmingly positive so we’ve decided to take the same approach for the new second kit.

“We know we have more to do to step up our sustainability efforts across the Club but we feel that this simple step will encourage others to think differently and consider other ways to reduce their own impact on the planet.”

Adult shirts will be priced at £52 and £40 for juniors. This marginal increase (£3 for adults, £2 for juniors), in comparison with last season’s prices, is due to unavoidable supplier cost increases. In comparison with other Premier League teams’ shirt prices, and with it having a two-season lifespan, it will be one of the best value shirts in the league.

Prices of the home shirts, rolled over from last season, remain at £49 for adults and £38 for juniors.

The new second kit will be in action at both the VfL Wolfsburg and Real Betis matches on 23 and 30 July respectively.

Fans should note that, based on current sponsor contracts and possible regulatory changes, the sponsors on the kit may be subject to change for season 2023/24.

Utilita’s branding will continue to feature on the Brentford FC Women’s First Team, Women’s B Team and Academy match kits, along with all junior replica kits for this season.

Fans will be able to purchase the new second kits exclusively in the Bees Superstore in-store on Saturday 23 July (9am-6pm) and on Sunday 24 July (10am-4pm) with sales opening via our official online Bees store at 10am on Monday 25 July.

A Pub On Each Corner


Griffin Park

I got a lovely email from a neighbour today. Jonathan Burchill confirms that his book about Griffin Park
is now in print. He says, “Brentford FC played its last game at Griffin Park in 2020. As a fan of 40+ years I decided to research and record its history in a book called “A Pub On Each Corner” – a fact the ground was famous for.

But rather than the football taking centre stage (of course that’s included), all the other “little” stories of events which happened at Griffin Park have equal mention. Whether it’s which order the floodlights went up, the different adverts on the roof (which could be seen on Heathrow’s flightpath), the developments plans which never happened, a tap-dancing record, the potential moves away, the first club shop or even the theft of some pears from the manager’s office – it’s all been recorded.

Going through the 116 years the book also tends to reflects the social history of the time – strikes, inflation, government restrictions on crowd size, etc. History does tend to repeat itself!

Although it’s about Griffin Park, I’m sure supporters of other clubs will relate to many of the stories.”

The publishers add:

“From 1904 to 2020, Griffin Park was the iconic, idiosyncratic, and much-loved home of Brentford FC.

For 116 years, and deriving its name from the symbol of a brewery that owned the orchard before the stadium, Griffin Park witnessed highs and lows and much in-between, hosting over 2,800 football matches and numerous other occasions. One of a kind, it was the only English football stadium that had a pub on each corner.

In this fascinating book, lifelong Bees fan Jonathan Burchill draws from contemporaneous resources to present a unique history of Brentford through season-by-season reviews of the events at Griffin Park. Recounting stories and statistics from both on and off the pitch – from fires to floodlights, from abandoned redevelopment plans to multiple missed penalties – Jonathan weaves an extended, fascinating insight not just into this remarkable West London football club but into the social history affecting those connected with it for over a century.

As the Bees settle into their new home at Brentford Community Stadium in the Premier League, A Pub On Each Corner provides a comprehensive and insightful account into their time at Griffin Park, and is a must-read for any Brentford fan, old or new!”

This book is also available for purchase at the Bees Superstore.

It’s available from the publisher (click), Amazon, WHSmith, etc

Prostate Cancer



September Marathon

Football fans are uniting to walk a marathon this September and raising money to help beat the most common cancer in men. We want you on our team!

Join a Football March and experience a unique marathon walk, which starts, finishes and passes through some incredible football clubs along the way. Meet like-minded supporters with inspiring stories, join them on this 26.2 mile walking challenge and raise money to help fund lifesaving prostate cancer research.
Sign up before Monday 18 July using code EARLYFOT2022 and you’ll get £5 off the £35 registration fee. Don’t forget to share this code with your mates and take on the challenge as a team.
SIGN UP NOW
Where are we marching?
Choose from one of four epic locations:
 Greater Manchester – Thursday 22 September 2022
Starting at Altrincham FC, Altrincham.
 South Coast – Friday 23 September 2022
Starting at Fratton Park, Portsmouth.
 West Midlands – Saturday 24 September 2022
Starting at St. Andrew’s, Birmingham.
 London – Sunday 25 September 2022
Starting at AFC Wimbledon, London.
Can’t see a location or date that works for you?
If you can’t see a location or date that works for you, or if you’d be more comfortable marching on your own or in a smaller group, then why not organise your own Football March in your local area. 
By taking part in a Football March and raising money, whether you are coming to one of our organised events or are organising your own, you’ll be helping to fund lifesaving research into earlier prostate cancer diagnosis, better treatment and essential support services.

So bring your mates, visit iconic football stadiums and help save men’s lives. 
JOIN A FOOTBALL MARCH
Thank you all for your support. We can’t wait to see you at a Football March in September. If you have any questions, please email us or call on 0203 310 7034.

Rosie & Matt 
Football March Team 


Men, we are with you

Weaver Pitch TV

Weaver Pitch TV

The press? Pundits? Nowt but pretenders, mate.

Feeling like football fans weren’t being served by the media, die-hard Weavers fan Normzy – a man with a penchant for chatting foul-mouthed madness – created the fan TV channel ‘Weaver Pitch TV’ with his best mate, Ebz.

After years of them posting videos to tumbleweed receptions whilst following their team in the lower leagues, the Weavers have hit the big time and the duo’s channel has too.

Viewers. Notoriety. Fan TV groupies. Normzy wants it all. And now he has a taste of it, is there anything he won’t say or anybody he won’t p*ss off to get it?

Weaver Pitch TV is a wild, tasteless joyride through the trials and tribulations of a football fan TV legend in the making; not to be undertaken by those with an easily-offended disposition.

Read a free preview or get your copy here 

The Design Museum

Fans St. Pauli, Regenbogen Fahne Hamburg, 29.04.2016, Fussball, 2. Bundesliga, FC St. Pauli – TSV 1860 Muenchen 0:2

Football: Designing the Beautiful Game
8 April – 29 August 2022 at the Design Museum, London

Designing Football

@DesignMuseum

In the build-up to the 2022 World Cup, the Design Museum presents the first
major exhibition on the design of the world’s most popular sport, football.
Paying homage to a game with unparalleled cultural significance, the exhibition
will reveal how human creativity has pushed the game to its technical and
emotional limits.

Over 500 historical objects which tell the stories of everything from club
legacies and team badges to the world’s most significant stadiums and
innovative kit used to perfect performance.

The exhibition includes objects from game legends such as Edson Arantes do
Nascimento (Pelé), Lionel Messi, Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Roberto
Baggio, George Best, Michelle Akers, Xavier (Xavi) Hernández Creus, Pernille
Harder and Geoff Hurst.

Kicking off on Friday 8 April 2022, the Design Museum’s exhibition Football:
Designing the Beautiful Game will showcase the ways in which design has
shaped the world’s most popular sport. Take a journey through more than
500 objects, films and interviews in sporting performance, kit development,
stadium design and more. Become immersed in defining moments from
football history, with star objects telling the stories of club legacies and game
legends including Pelé, Lionel Messi, George Best and Diego Maradona and
more.

Featuring the master-planning of the world’s most significant football
stadiums to the innovative materials used in today’s boots, the graphic
design of team badges and the grassroots initiatives pushing back against the
sport’s commercialisation, the exhibition offers an insight into the people and
processes that have made football what it is today.

Created in collaboration with the National Football Museum in Manchester,
this exhibition opens in the build-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The
exhibition is divided into five sections: Performance, Identity, Crowds,
Spectacle and Play. An immersive set design will draw out well-known
elements of stadium architecture from the player’s tunnel to the stands.
The journey begins by looking at performance through the lens of the design
and the production of football equipment over its 150-year history, including
efforts to devise new tools to allow teams to play longer, faster, and more
consistently. See how lightweight boots and aerodynamic balls have evolved
and the industry has developed shock-absorbent pitches and restorative
exercise routines. Packed with major objects such as the two footballs used in
the inaugural 1930 World Cup final and match-worn boots from George Best
and Lionel Messi, visitors will be given an insight into how design has helped
perfect the sport.

From street-corners to world-class stadia, football’s cultural significance is
unparalleled, creating meaningful communities, and uniting people across the
globe. In the section on identity, play back precious moments and connect
with football culture through fan-led memorabilia such as kits, posters,
programmes and more. As well as examining rare designs worn by legendary
players such as Pelé, Zinedine Zidane, and Diego Maradona, this section also
touches on the Hillsborough Disaster, including a Memorial Banner, designed
by survivor Peter Carney from 1989.

Relive the sensation of being part of a match day crowd through an
immersive stadium reconstruction in the Crowds section. Stadiums have a
detailed design process that considers sound, sightlines, and movement to
maximise the fan experience. Be guided through some of the most complex
stadiums from around the world, including landmark venues such as
Wembley, Stamford Bridge and San Siro, alongside future-facing projects from
leading industry figures like Herzog & de Meuron, Populous and Zaha Hadid
Architects.

In a year that also celebrates 150 years of The Football Association in the UK,
explore how tournaments and the media have transformed the game into the
world’s most popular spectator sport. See how the establishment of official
tournaments, television viewership and social media has allowed fans to
connect to the sport and turned football into a multi-billion pound industry.
Examine the oldest surviving FA Cup and a set of World Cup posters, while
archived radio clips transport you through sporting history.

The show ends by returning to what football is at its core: a chance to play.
Celebrating the freedom, creativity and imagination the game inspires, this final
section explores the different ways people engage with football beyond the pitch,
from collecting to gaming, fan ownership to community activism. Discover early
examples of tabletop games such as Blow Football and Subboteo, and video
games including the FIFA series, Football Manager and Sensible Soccer.
Throughout, hear a specially commissioned soundtrack by Coda to Coda, recording the
voices of fans and players from the highest tiers of professional football through to
grassroots level.

Eleanor Watson, Curator said:

“Football is a hugely significant industry across the world and it employs a vast
network of highly specialised professionals, with designers and architects
playing an important role in shaping the development of the sport for over 150
years. Football: Designing the Beautiful Game shines a spotlight on the role
that designers, architects and fans have played in the history of football, from
performances on the pitch to the atmosphere in the stands. It is the design
story behind the world’s most popular sport”

Families are invited to take part in a bespoke trail produced by Lima Studio, which
uses multi-sensory experiences to animate the exhibition’s content for children of
all ages. Design your own kit, build your own football stadium and more.
Football: Designing the Beautiful Game aims to promote plurality, diversity and
inclusion throughout. Everyday heroes of the sport will be celebrated, and visitors
will be encouraged to share their own views and visions for the future of football.
Football: Designing the Beautiful Game opens on Friday 8 April 2021
at the Design Museum. Tickets for the exhibition are available to book now

Fulham 2021/2022

Fulham FC are back in the Premier League and to celebrate have a great sale on all the shirts from the Championship season 2021/2022. These are brand new shirts, brand new with tags in bags and start at just £10!! Rush to their official online shop to grab a bargain.

QPR Convivia

Convivia 2022/2023



Queens Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce Convivia as our new shirt sponsor.


Convivia is our sole Principal Partner and this three-year deal will see their brand displayed on the front property of QPR’s home and away strips.


Founded by lifelong QPR fan and season ticket holder Roy Ledgister, Convivia is an innovative property and tech investment firm that is committed to transforming the lives of low-income tenants through luxury accommodation.


QPR’s 2022/23 kits, proudly sporting the Convivia brand, will be unveiled on Friday 8th July.


Euan Inglis, QPR’s commercial director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to enter into this agreement with Convivia, which will see the Convivia brand name feature across our front of shirt property.


“Roy is a lifelong supporter so I know seeing his company name across the front of QPR’s shirts will be a very proud moment for him and his family.


“Roy is a hugely inspirational individual. Not only will the club benefit through the partnership with Convivia and Roy, but we are already discussing how QPR in the Community Trust can tap into Roy’s leadership and motivational skills, and the work he does in inspiring youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds to be the best that they can be.


“The partnership really is an all-encompassing one and one that we are hugely excited about.”


Ledgister, who grew up in Shepherd’s Bush and attended Cardinal Vaughan School, has spent, and dedicated a vast amount of his life to the area. His decision to sponsor the club is driven by his passion for the R’s and QPR Trust, as well as his commitment to giving back to, and supporting, the community in which he grew up.


Ledgister said: “As a lifelong QPR fan, signing this new sponsorship deal is a genuine honour. Aside from my passion for the club, I have strong connections to the local area and as a brand, we are fully committed to supporting the community and encouraging individual progression and development, regardless of background or income.


“The team and I look forward to working with QPR over this next three-year term and being part of the club and its supporter network.”


Focused on driving social mobility, Convivia has a clear vision to establish the gold standard of luxury affordable housing through a unique procurement model and proven design methodology.


Already working closely with Local Authorities and established Housing Associations across the country, the brand is committed to ensuring its Homes become synonymous with positive change.


In July 2021, Convivia secured an equity investment deal worth hundreds of millions and has since acquired five buildings with each positioned in strategic locations across the UK.


The next Convivia building will open its doors in autumn 2022, offering tenants luxury affordable housing, underpinned by cutting-edge technology, unique sustainable features, and revolutionary communal facilities.

About Convivia


Influenced from the Latin ‘Convivio’ with origins in “community / coming together”, Convivia is a fast-moving real estate and Proptech business on a mission to establish the gold standard of luxury affordable housing through its unique procurement model and proven design methodology.


Mobilised by CEO, Roy Ledgister, Convivia secured an equity investment deal in July 2021 worth hundreds of millions and has since acquired five buildings with each positioned in strategic locations across the UK.


The Convivia Group is an active trading company registered in the UK with its entities backed by private equity. Headquartered in the Southeast, the next Convivia building will open its doors in autumn 2022.


For more information, visit: https://www.werconvivia.com

Pitch Publishing

It is always a pleasure to receive a newsletter from my friends at Pitch Publishing and today’s mail was especially interesting. There were two books that particularly caught my eye and that I thought needed highlighting.

The Beautiful Game and The Ugly Truth is an emotive examination of football and its ties to dementia. Evidence of its impact is continuing to pile up, from Jeff Astle’s death in 2002 being ruled as a result of heading footballs to Sir Bobby Charlton becoming the fifth member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning side to be diagnosed with the disease.

The author is Kieran Gill and because he normally writes for the Daily Mail I don’t normally read his work. I will make an exception for this book. He joined the Mail in 2014, initially through their trainee scheme, and has contributed extensively to their award-nominated Enough is Enough campaign concerning dementia in football. Kieran hails from the north east of England but now lives in the south east. This is his debut book, covering a topic close to his heart.


The second book that caught my eye was When Asia Welcomed The World. This is the story of the 2002 World Cup, a tournament that saw heart-warming stories and controversy intertwined. In my opinion it is still one of the most interesting/dramatic World Cups ever. The book resurrects the great characters who lit up 2002’s biggest footballing stage – Ronaldo, Oliver Kahn, David Beckham and Rüştü Reçber among them – and examines the tournament’s controversies and giant-killing upsets.

The author is Danny Lewis who is a freelance sports journalist and author of The Boleyn’s Farewell: West Ham United’s Upton Park Swansong. He also contributed to the widely acclaimed compendium Iberia Chronicles. After earning an undergraduate degree in Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University, he has written for The Athletic, ESPN, Copa90, The FA and Planet Football among other publications.

To read a sample chapeter or see Pitch Publishing’s entire catalogue visit www.PitchPublishing.co.uk