Oh No, We’ve Gone Full Mingo..

Flamingos, pink smoke and a dairy cow named Lionela Bessi… 

The history behind Forward Madison Football Club isn’t a very long one with the club only founded in 2018, however, in such a short period the club has packed in so much they have a story that rivals some clubs born centuries before them.

Based out of Breese Stevens Field in Madison, we stumbled across Forward Madison on Twitter and fell into a community unlike no other. Fan interactivity is, and from the sounds of it always will be, a massive part of the club and is a giant reason why they have crushed the average attendance figures in there current league.

This desire to show just what their city and their club are about stems from the very roots of the club, so we got in contact supporters group ‘The Flock’ to find out how they do it and where they want to achieve in the future.

Find the flock here —–> https://fwdflock.com

Marketing and Social Committee lead for ‘The Flock’ Jeffery Anderson was the man to respond to us and we couldn’t think of anyone else who was more qualified to answer our series of questions.

We set off trying to find out how the club is so creative across social media and what is the secret formula for going viral across the globe on multiple occasions…

“Their Digital Content Manager, Jason Klein, is amazing at making posts that resonate with a lot of people, whether it’s because those posts are funny or because they find ways to engage with people in meaningful ways. “

As open and informative as the interviewee was about his home city and his football club, no secret formula was forthcoming when we asked about going viral and plans for the future…

“We have a lot of projects brewing at the moment. We’re looking for more ways to connect with people online as well as amplify the voices of local charitable organizations doing great things in our community.”

“Last year, we held a charity stream for various LGBTQIA+ Organizations on Twitch and we’re going to be utilizing that platform a lot more in 2021. We want to use it to highlight local artists by doing some art streams and bring supporters together with other content as well.”

Few clubs outside the MLS in America can claim to have committed fans from across the globe like the wonderful people at Forward Madison FC, and from our small amount of interactions with them, we can completely understand why. They have fan groups sprouting up in all corners of the world, known as ‘flock chapters’ and as the club continues to grow, this shows no signs of slowing down.

We will be keeping an eye out on the social media channels of Forward Madison FC and the subsequent global fan groups in the future and we cant wait to see just what they have in store for the future. We will finish this feature, with a few parting words from our very helpful interviewee Jeffery,

“These are just a few things I can speak on right now, but we have more that will be announced as the year progresses. For now, the best way to stay up-to-date is by following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @fwdflock. We’d love to connect with other supporters of the game we all love.”

Have you seen my Nagoya Grampus shirt?

Retro football gear, from boots to shirts are being sold on a level that is unheard of before, so we took a look at well.. why?

The answer is that there a huge amount of factors that are part of it and they’ve all contributed to ensuring that this vintage renaissance isn’t simply a bubble that’s about to burst, but is something that is here to stay. Even today a huge number of new websites and businesses are set up by people looking to cash in on this boom.

The main and largest factor from what we can tell, is that people are sick of modern day shirts. With a few exceptions modern day shirts are usually based around a template, especially from the larger suppliers, and if you look at some of the older shirts the uniqueness and identity of the club is very clear to see. Some examples of this that instantly spring to mind are the 1991 Adidas Arsenal Bruised Banana shirt and the 1990 Aston Villa shirt made by Umbro.

Another reason for the popularity of vintage shirts is that it makes you feel more included by the other fans. Anybody can go down to any sports retailer and buy that seasons shirt, but if you have a retro shirt from your clubs glory days then to some fans it shows you at least have some kind of idea about the history of the club, even if your club didn’t have ‘glory days’ at least you can pick an iconic shirt.

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A Vintage shirt from J-League side Nagoya Grampus Eight

The third and final reason is not a reason we like to admit but it is a fact.. A lot of money is to be made from the reselling of old football boots, kits and training wear. Especially if they are from a successful period for the club, people can make a fortune from a kit or pair of boots they may have bought for a few quid when they were a lot younger. As much as nostalgia and memories will play a massive part for genuine fans of the club, pretty much everyone has a price, genuine fan or collector.

That’s it! We know that there’s a lot more to why the re-sale market of vintage football stuff is growing and growing and will continue to do so, but we could waffle on all day about it and who’s got the time for that!

Part two coming soon maybe?

Feature: Football Kit Cards

The features section of our website is one that has long been forgotten about on our site, when football season gets underway and clubs are asking us to write about them, the time to sit and write a feature piece is just non existent.

But no more! From now we are going to use our feature section to bring you some products and other accounts, be they twitter pages, eBay pages or websites that we think our audience will also enjoy!

Therefore without further a do we will hand you over to Jon the founder of Football Kit Cards to tell you all about why you need Football Kit Cards in your life.


Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jonmorse/90s-football-shirt-playing-cards


Hi, I’m Jon and this is FootballKitCards – 52 cards featuring the good, the bad and the ugly of 90s Premier League football shirts.

If you’re wondering ‘​why?​’ then you probably didn’t spend the 90s doing any of the following:

● flicking through the football scores on Ceefax (page 302 anyone?)
● playing actual 90 minute games on FIFA and racking up scores of 150-0 (indoor mode, obviously)
● and you’ve certainly never put a sticky plaster on your nose to see what it would feel like to be Robbie Fowler

If you are guilty of at least one of these, please read on – this is for you.

10 months ago I was faced with 2 options – putting up the cot for our second child (big relationship points), or, creating a deck of playing cards featuring 90’s football shirts (zero relationship points). I chose the latter – I hope you like them (spoiler: my wife doesn’t).

The deck features 52 shirts from 25 teams – classic kits of Premier League stalwarts to stomach-churning shirts of one season no-hopers. Oh, and two Jokers (featuring 90s referee shirts…).

The Aces are 4 classic goalkeeper shirts including Nigel Spink’s 1993 Villa shirt and Pavel Srnicek’s 1995 Newcastle top.

Endorsements

“These cards epitomise everything that’s great about 90s football. If you know your Mike Phelan from your Noel Whelan, you’ll want a pack of these!” Ged Colleypriest, ​Underdog Sports Marketing

And also popular 90’s football podcast @QuicklyKevin like us!

For any questions please contact Jon:

Email: ​footballkitcards@gmail.com
Instagram – @footballkitcards
Twitter – @kitcards1

Non-League Transfers: A Few Statements of Intent.

Well the transfer window is well underway across the footballing world, the vast majority of players have either signed new deals at their clubs, or are on the look out for the next place to call home.

This is much the same in Non-League, clubs fighting each other to sign players that might just bring that bit of magic to their season. Despite the fee’s being much lower than the millions upon millions spent in the upper tiers of the Football League, clubs still have budgets and transfer ‘war chests’, therefore its key to have a manager with one of either two things in Non-League, good connections or be able to pay a few quid more than that lot up the road.

With this in mind we’ve tried to sift through the millions of transfer dealings that have taken place across the UK, and have picked a few that we thought showed great statements of intent by the buying club, whether that be signing a player who should be at a higher level or drastically strengthening their squad.

We aren’t sure whether this is going to become a weekly thing as the transfer window progresses but without further a do, lets get underway.


Charlie Grainger (Leyton Orient to Dulwich Hamlet)

National League South side Dulwich Hamlet have scored a great acquisition in our eyes, signing a highly rated young keeper who has appeared for the England National Youth Teams as high up as Under 19’s.

Now age 23, Grainger will be looking for a club where he can become a number one and continue to develop.

The shot stopper leaves Orient after their promotion to the Football League, the club where he came through the Youth Ranks and made his debut in adult football, against Luton Town in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, which he quickly followed up with his first League start four days later.

Adrian Clifton (Maidenhead United to Bromley)

A player moving from one mid table side to another, is something we often see throughout all leagues in the world. After a 12th place finish last season, Bromley have definitely made some signins that will improve the side.

As well as bringing in signings from Football League clubs, Bromley have made some great signings from clubs around them in the National League such as Micheal Cheek from Ebbsfleet United and the one we think is a great signing, Adrian Clifton from Maidenhead.

Clifton scored 14 League goals for Maidenhead last year, a side that finished 19th in the league. As well as banging in goals, the utility player won all 5 of the end of season awards at Maidenhead, therefore Clifton is a player im sure they will be sad to see leave.

With that, Clifton is a great signing for Bromley a proven goal scorer at this level and the man from Montserrat we are sure will help Bromley push up the table next year.

Nathan Arnold (Free Agent – Altrincham)

After taking 6 months out of the game it can be hard getting back into it, this doesnt appear to be any kind of problem for Altrincham’s new signing Nathan Arnold.

Arnold hasn’t really solidly played football since 2018, after battling anxiety during the 2017 season he appears to be back and looking to get back to his best. Despite his recent battles, Arnold is a player of great quality featuring predominantly for Mansfield, Cambridge, Grimsby and Lincoln in the past.

Arnold also did some work as part of the management at his last club Boston United, therefore if Arnold returns to his best, Alty have got a player who can help them both on and off the pitch as they look to get promoted into the National League after losing out in the playoffs in the 2018-19 season.


That’s three transfers that we feel are great moves for both the player and the clubs, should this get a good response we may look to make this a series, if not we will still probably have another look at transfers later in the season.

So What is the Atlantic Heritage Cup?

We keep banging on about covering the Atlantic Heritage Cup this summer, while all the Non-League sides we normally cover are on their summer break. But we realise that some people will have no clue what this tournament is, who’s playing and where it’s taking place.

The first ever non-FIFA home nations football tournament will take place in June 2019, hosted by Yorkshire International Football Association (YIFA), the tournament was set to feature Ellan Vannin (Isle of Man), Parishes of Jersey FC, and Kernow FA (Cornwall).

Since the original announcement was made, Ellan Vannin have withdrawn from the tournament, no official reasoning has been given for the withdrawal and at the moment of writing, the official plans haven’t been released.

Prioir to the withdrawal, the tournament was set to take place between the 31st May and the 2nd June, with fixtures split between Ingfield Stadium home of Ossett United and the CNG Stadium home of Harrogate Town.

The tournament is a qualifying competition for the CONIFA Sportsbet.io World Football Cup that will take place in Somaliland in 2020. The previous World Cup took place in London in 2018 and drew eyes and teams from around the globe, something we are sure will be the same this time around.

We will be at (fingers crossed) all the games, and we look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible, come and say hi!