Football Activism

With footballers once again on the front pages, this ‘football activism’ project from Quiet British Accent will probably chime with a lot of you.

Quiet British Accent's Stand Up series
Quiet British Accent’s Stand Up series

Quiet British Accent is husband and wife duo Jason and Sharon Gale. Jason Gale says, ‘We borrow on the aesthetic of sport to say things more personal to us. As much as football is dear to our hearts, there is general excess in the modern day game.’

The ‘stand-up’ series owes something to ‘60s student protests’ according to Gale. There are 50 numbered editions of each print which is 297 x 420mm and set on Somerset 250gsm velvet archival cotton stock.

Quiet British Accent's Stand Up series
Quiet British Accent’s Stand Up series

Imagine a Footballer remembers the late Sócrates, a Brazilian midfielder who led his Corinthians team out onto the pitch wearing DIA 15 VOTE (Vote on the 15) on the backs of their shirts. According to Gale, John Lennon was one of Sócrates’ heroes.

Quiet British Accent's Stand Up series
Quiet British Accent’s Stand Up series

The Outcasts is a reference to the fledgling players union, the AFPU, which in 1909 saw all of its members ordered to leave by the English Football Association. The entire Manchester United team refused, and was suspended until the FA backed down.

AFPU armbands were worn by the United team for the first game of the next season.

Quiet British Accent's Stand Up series
Quiet British Accent’s Stand Up series

The FA Owes Women’s Football recognises Dick, Kerr Ladies FC, the most coverted women’s team in 1921, regularly attracting bigger crowds then the men’s game.

That year the F.A instated a decree banning women from using any league ground which was to last 50 years.

Quiet British Accent's Stand Up series
Quiet British Accent’s Stand Up series

I May Be Under Surveillance is for football fans who attend away matches, according to Gale who says, ‘Chances are you’ve been filmed by the police at some point.’

Quiet British Accent's Stand Up series
Quiet British Accent’s Stand Up series

The prints are available individually at £25, or as a set of four for £80 with added ‘Stand up, I do like a good protest’ stencil (128 x 196mm) here: http://shop.quietbritishaccent.com/

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