The Football Pink is a collection of writers and bloggers who bring their opinions, musings, observations and stories from all over the world to fans of ‘The Beautiful Game’.
Coming out, as it does, around the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, this edition is dedicated to the footballing men and women of that brutal conflict. Indeed, the theme of the entire magazine is given over to the link between war and football over the centuries – whether that be on the Home Front, the fields of Flanders, the streets of Buenos Aires or the villages of the Balkans.
With the usual mix of eclectic, poignant stories and thought-provoking opinion, Issue 5 promises to be another must read for those who like something different from their football fanzine.
Here are some highlights of what’s inside Issue 5:
Arthur Conan Doyle’s WWI recruitment drive
Florence’s renaissance football war
Arsenal’s wartime sacrifice
El Clasico’s evolution through conflict
The Football Pals battalions
Arkan’s influence in the Balkan game
What did you do in the war? – A roll call of footballer’s contributions
Argentina, football and political crossfire
England and the language of war
The future of Crimean football
Side by side – an account of the average football-mad Tommy
Cormac McCarthy, conflict and football
Belgium’s lost wonderkid
Poland and ‘The Final Game’