The Football Pink magazine is a new quarterly collection of engrossing stories, opinions and musings from around the world of football, which I am delighted to have been asked to contribute to.
But why “The Football Pink”?
The Football Pink was a wonderful publication that you used to be able to pick up after the match – in the days when matchday meant Saturday. Almost every area had their own version, some with their own colour code – I believe there were “green ‘uns” in Sheffield – each dedicated to providing news from local sports clubs, but most importantly, the day’s results and reports.
The distribution of The Football Pink was a marvel even by today’s standards.
Alongside the eccentricity of the earliest editions of the day giving half-time match reports and having a hastily printed “stop press” section with the full-times (done from a van parked outside of the grounds, if I remember correctly), there were the likes of the “Manchester Evening News Pink Final” edition.
The “Pink Final” would be printed and dashed out to hundreds of newsagents around Greater Manchester as soon as was possible. Newsagents stayed open waiting for it, hoping to cash in on impulse buys of cigarettes, cola cubes and cough candy from the queues that were forming. Finally a bale of freshly-printed pink newspapers would be dropped out of the van.
There is a fine article in the WSC archives telling of birth of the “Pink” in the North East – back in 1895 – and lamenting the loss of this institution thanks to a combination of rising printing costs, the internet and staggered kick-off times.
Thanks to the internet, there are so many places you can now read about football and every angle is covered.
As I discussed recently on bettingexpert.com, the traditional press is now in a battle with twitter to be the go-to source for the major transfer stories and there are niche sites catering for the tacticians, nostalgics, collectors and aficionados of football in Patagonia amongst us.
Even with such a crowded room, a new publication has arrived hoping to get a seat at the table.
“The Football Pink” takes full advantage of the power and simplicity of the new technologies available to publishers and writers, whilst doffing its cap at the traditional values held by the original “Pinks”. It aims to draw together all the various aspects of the beautiful game in to one place and provide football stories from a different perspective than the norm.
I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the first issue, which is available here.
My article asks the question that is as old as the game itself. Why would anyone become a referee? I speak to a Level 5 referee about his experiences in the role, alongside it there are also articles on why winning is boring, Albert Camus, The Football League centenary celebrations, Depression and much more. A truly diverse collection of stories.
Editor Mark Godfrey has this to say:
“The Football Pink magazine is a new quarterly collection of engrossing stories, opinions and musings from around the world of football. Written by a fine group of contributors, The Football Pink delves into the colourful history and personal experiences of ‘The Beautiful Game’, giving the reader the opportunity to immerse themselves in every fascinating article. If you like your football to come from a different perspective, then this is the magazine for you. Enjoy!”
Does anyone have any of their own memories of the old Football Pinks?