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Football fans across the country are loosening their frowns, downing social media insults and coming together. Well. Some of them.
Last summer three lads from Yeovil, Liverpool and Stockport respectively launched STAND fanzine. Coming together under the "Against Modern Football" banner that has gained momentum on the continent over the past few years the mag collated articles from supporters around the country bemoaning all that's bad about the beautiful game.
The A5 publication covers extortionate ticket prices, dubious club ownership and inconvenient ticket times amongst other bug bears.
It wasn't all moans however. In their four issues so far STAND have managed to interlace humour, illustration and a sense of common purpose.
Tomorrow, Saturday 6th July this sense of common purpose jumps off printed pages and into real life as the magazine, along with events outfit BOSS Night, host their first event; Ale, Music, Football.
Hundreds of fans from across the country and Europe are expected to gather in Liverpool for a day of football debate and music.
Kicking off at the not so coincidental time of 3pm a series of panels will sit discussing club ownership and fan protest.
Each panel will be made up of support representatives and journalists. The line up includes the Daily Mirror's Brian Reade, football editor of The Times Tony Evans and members of the Football Supporters Federation and Supporters Direct.
Post debate fans are expected to hang around, no doubt to compare expensive, but smart, clothes and enjoy the entertainment laid on.
Merseyside muso's Mercury 13 will open proceeding before a DJ set from Manchester Beat Boutique. Things will be rounded off with a DJ set from The Happy Mondays' Bez.
The tide seems to be slowly turning against the big business that has got it's gritty teeth into the game over the past few decades and events like this can only help.
STAND: Ale, Music, Football
The Black-E, 1 Great George St, Liverpool L1 5EW
Doors 2pm.

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