Excited to be moderating an online discussion panel: 'The Future of Independent Football Vol. 2' tonight (Friday 18th June/Saturday 19th June). It starts at five minutes past midnight GMT. On the panel will be Oke Goetlich, President of FC St. Pauli, Ewlad Lienen and Shawn Roggenkamp of New York Supports Club, The East River Pirates. Tune into FC St. Pauli's YouTube channel from 22:45 for a night of FCSP videos, discussion and music.
In short, it would be a humorous development if it were not for the equivalence between left-leaning, anti-fascist groups and actual *violent* *right-wing* *neo-Nazi* *fascist* organisations. It is worrying that the British authorities can't appear to see a difference.
Emma Goldman and Belva Ann Lockwood: the history they won't teach you in school. Also, click here for words and pictures from FC St. Pauli's recent US tour which included games against New York Cosmos and FC Buffalo.
I do own – and occasionally even wear – other t-shirts. It's just I like to rep' FC Lampedusa when speaking at football events ;)
|From Left: Sean Mann, Tim Kelly, Oke Göttlich, Joe Barone, Shawn Roggenkamp, Prez & Me|
On 23 May 2019, in New York, I was honoured to host a panel discussion, "The Rise of Independent Football" as part of the #FCSPgoesUSA tour. The panelists included: Oke Göttlich, President FC St. Pauli; Sean Mann, Co-owner Detroit City FC; Tim Kelly, Chairman Chattanoga FC; Joe Barone, Vice President New York Cosmos; Shawn Roggenkamp, East River Pirates and Anthoney 'Prez' Stephens, Journalist and Active Cosmos fan.
The discussion focused on how football club's could seek a different and independent course in an increasingly commercialised and globalised football world. Topics also included fan activism, anti-fascism and moving towards a parity/equality in the men an women's professional game.
Like fellow Hamburg residents, The Beatles before them FC St. Pauli are trying to break America. They are Back in the USS, err, A on 23 May 2018 FCSP play an international friendly against New York Cosmos, two days later they take on FC Buffalo.
At 11.00am on Thursday 23, prior to the Cosmos fixture, I am delighted to be hosting a panel discussion' The Rise of Independent Football' at the Novatel in Times Square. Panelists include: FCSP President Oke Goettlich, Sean Mann (Co-owner of Detroit City FC), Joe Barone (New York Cosmos Senior Vice President), Shawn Roggenkamp (East River Pirates), Patrick Infurna (active Cosmos fan group member).
The full details of the tour can be accessed here.
In addition to the CEO of Detroit City FC, Sean Mann and St. Pauli President Oke Göttlich were also on the podium. Stefan Szymanski from the University of Michigan (author of Soccernomics), Jackie, a representative from DCFC’s Northern Guard Supporters, Christian Weiß from the FCSP partner Levi's and Ewald Lienen, Technical Director of FC St. Pauli.
The lovely people at the Fell In Love With A Girl podcast put together a recording of the event, you can listen to it here.
A podcast by Fell In Love With A Girl discussing the tour can be found here.
A busy week of talking all things #FCSP. On Saturday 21st October, Hamburg on Tour took over The Boiler House in Brick Lane to promote the city. I took part in a book talk in the afternoon, followed by my short-lived career as a chat show host, interviewing the wonderful Ewald Lienen. A last minute upgrade of venue to the main stage meant my plan to get fans to ask the questions had to be hurriedly superseded by some amateur questioning from me.
It was great to see Ewald again, he's an incredible ambassador for the club.
On Wednesday 25th October it was time to head to Brighton for a book talk organised by Whitehawk Ultras at the lovely Cowley Club in Brighton. Great to meet so many like-minded individuals fighting racism, fascism, sexism and homophobia down on the south coast. Great to meet people from Whitehawk and Eastbourne Town's Pier Pressure.
Before that at The Zeitgeist on Friday 20th October at 7.00pm, I'll be listening to Ewald Lienen's Q&A with members of Lond St. Pauli. It should be a great evening. I'll bring some copies of the book along too!
I was very fortunate to follow in the footsteps of Bill Buford and Gwenolyn Oxenham by participating in a book talk and Q&A session. The session last three hours and included a live Skype link-up with Sönke Goldbeck, member of FC St. Pauli's Supervisory Board. I was looked after incredibly well for the duration of my stay in Portland; was fortunate enough to take in a game with the Timbers Army; and be able to forge links between the Timbers and FCSP – united in fighting fascism, racism, sexism and homophobia.
A full report of the trip will follow shortly.
An enjoyable presentation and discussion talking about FC St. Pauli's support for refugees at the 45th Annual Convention of the North American Society for Sport History at California State University, Fullerton. I was part of a panel discussing 'building communities through sport'.
Date: 03 Jun 2017 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM