Some think I haven't done much since I folded PUSH after 23 issues back in October 2016. Not true. In December 5MANAGERS came back from the dead in the form of The London Stadium Issue, and last week the book of that fanzine - The Last Season Issues - was published by East London Press.
Today C-O-N, my new fanzine, hit the streets. I wanted it to be different from PUSH, and it will be. Originally it was going to have a strong political take. But this ended up troubling me. I don't believe in any political group, whatever line they hang their dirty bullshitting washing on, and never will. The first issue does have a political edge though, but there is a balance to it. What I didn't want was being called some lefty editor - I hate that expression, 'lefty', and it seems that the divide between the working class has never been so wide. Back in the forgotten past, the left of politics were the only true representative/defenders of the working class. And that's my final words on the matter.
This debut issue has some absolutely top drawer contributions from Colin Hankey, Ford Dagenham, P.A. Levy, Kosmo Vinyl, Graham Old, Mark Beechill, Ian Cusack, Michael Marrotti, Joseph Ridgwell, Patricia McParlin, Michael Keenaghan and Scott Wozniak.
Issue 2 will be all about bands, as music is my other main stay alongside football. I have already been lining up interviews and features as I write this. Football (obviously), films and a feature special issue on two historic cities close to my heart, London and Derry (see what I did there) are all in the game plan.
C-O-N #1 is only £2 + £1.50 postage. Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org