“Today’s modern sport system has lost all traces of social value and gradually is losing anything remotely positive about it. Football in Italy has become a degrading experience and we feel that starting from the bottom we can bring about change and promote a sport which is of a social value. The same is happening in other cities all over Italy.”—From an interesting read on a new club in Italy, Spartak Lecce. (via pitchinvasion)
“The reason why the Football League clubs don’t publicise the local non-league scene is simply because of fear. A fear that stems from the belief that once "their" supporters taste the non-league football scene, they’ll stay there and won’t return to highly inflated admission prices, pampered celebrity, front page tabloid footballers, because what they see at non league is honest football, played for little or no financial rewards. You can stand, have a drink in the clubhouse, smoke on the terraces, things that the working class supporter has done for years at football grounds up and down the country on a Saturday afternoon from 3.00pm onwards”—Football fan called “Clank” quoted on the wonderful non-league & grass roots football photography blog No Clash of Colours check it out
Let Arthur Wharton come back from the dead
To see the man in black blow the final whistle.
Let the game of two halves be beautiful,
Not years ahead. Let every kissing of the badge,
Every cultured pass, every lad and lass,
Every uttered thought, every chant and rant,
Every strip and stripe – be free of it.
Then football would have truly played a blinder,
And Arthur returned to something kinder.
Let the man in black call time on racism.
And Arthur will sing out on the wings,
Our presiding spirit – the first black blade.
Imagine having everything to play for.
This is our pitch. Now hear us roar.