BOOKS : ‘Casuals – the story of a terrace cult’ & ‘100% Pure Wool’

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This is perhaps what I’m best known for (what do you mean ‘perhaps?). After 20 years of pestering various fashion and culture titles about this much maligned, misunderstood or ignored youth cult of the 80s and 90s, I decided to pen my own account. In 2002, I met with Peter Walsh from Milo Books and ‘Casuals’ was released in 2003. It has been translated into Italian and Russian (see Russian squaddies photographed) and we also did a 10 year anniversary edition in 2013, with a new chapter and photos to highlight how the culture has evolved over the past decade and become an international phenomenon.

2013 10 year anniversary photo plate

2013 10 year anniversary photo plate

Casuals is available direct form Milo Books or via the usual on-line stores and book shops.

http://milobooks.com/?p=productsMore&iProduct=5

I also published my own account of growing up in Runcorn, a new town riddled with tribal football and cultural rivalries in 2013. Entitled ‘100% Pure Wool’ it explores my own personal journey from standing on the kop with my dad aged 6 in 1971 to chanting ‘You scouse bastards!’ from the United Road, Old Trafford 12 years later.

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‘Pure Wool’ is a available from the excellent Casual Connoisseurs website here :

http://shop.casualco.com/product/100-pure-wool-phil-thornton

Excerpt from ‘Casuals 2013 revised version’

Casuals 2003 – 2013 : A decade of dressing & disillusion?

During the 10 years since ‘Casuals’ was published, the culture has now become far more recognised and understood for what it was and what is continues to be. As former contributor to ‘The End’ and a keen Liverpool fan at the time of the emerging scally look, ‘Awaydays’ author, Kevin Sampson was always one of the few writers to explain the culture accurately. The book is centred on two Tranmere supporting friends during 1979 and to be honest, I thought the stylistic and cultural nuances (only a select few would understand what the fuck a ‘plum mushy’ was) would be lost on producers and funders. It’s something of a miracle that ‘Awaydays’ ever made it onto the big screen but it was always a labour of love for Kev to get his book and the look onto DVD. As he explains….

Peter O'Toole cover design

Peter O’Toole cover design

“Can I just say how much I hate the term Casuals? For me it’s wrong on so many levels, not least that a youth cult so fastidious about detail and image can end up with a name that amounts to ‘Sloppies.’ The Casuals label came about when London belatedly tried to re-possess a scene whose roots and soul was North by North West. Our thing -lads with wedge haircuts wearing straights and Samba to the match – was probably the only major teenage fashion cult to start outside of London, so it’s no real surprise that the revisionists want a piece of a scene that stormed the world. Obviously there’s a London chapter to any history of this movement, but it comes long after the Genesis. That early scene was Scouse and it was never, ever casual.

Good. Got that one off my chest. Now then, the author of this fine volume asked for the story behind the clothes in Awaydays. That’s a chapter in its own right, but as with any journey there were highs and lows. For all that period detail was always going to be critical, we knew we had to stylise the ‘look’ of ‘The Pack’. That whole thing with the Peter Storms was exaggerated and heightened for cinema purposes. What I mean by that is that ‘The Pack’ are a little bit military, and more identikit than the mobs of the day would have been. There was much more variation among a common theme among your Road End and Park End boys but in film terms you need unity. Your gang needs a uniform.

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My idea was that most of them would wear similar, complimentary clobber throughout, but they‘d have new trainies every Awayday. The exceptions would be that Elvis always had his own slightly arty version, and would be one step ahead of them all with his trabs. Godden would look like the slightly sad, moustachioed, older squaddie that he is and Carty would always be playing catch-up. Whatever trainies ‘The Pack’ wore, they’d be played-out by the time Carty got hold of a pair.

Getting the training shoes turned out to be the simple part. I still had a few, slightly careworn pairs of originals myself; Samba, Stan Smith, Forest Hills (sad that my all-time favourites, the Barrington Gold were out of period). Heroic donations from Tommy Keiner (big) and Dave Hewiston (wee) helped us out with the more extreme shoe sizes (Elvis is an 11, Godden a dainty 6). But in terms of the range and volume of shoes we were able to pick from, we would have been poorer without the help of Gary Aspden at adidas who was bang into the film from the moment he heard it was happening. It was like having an extra producer on board.

Of course there was a beneficial knock-on effect for adidas. Five years after we shot the film, the company is still mining Awaydays’ mythology, with Elvis’s (Tommy’s) Malmo the latest re-issue. But Gary’s input into the film went way beyond canny marketing. He gave us access to his own personal collection of shoes and gear, had a quiet word with musicians who were hoping for a bigger payday and, crucially, persuaded adidas HQ in Munich that brand association with a gang of Stanley-wielding inter-city loons was, in fact, brilliant business.

This was a massive relief. We’d already had knock-backs from a few brands we’d wanted to feature, not least Peter Storm themselves. They were very nice about it but explained that, since the range had been taken over by Black’s, they were re-focusing on a very specific family/outward bound image and were taking steps to get into the lucrative fell-walking and hiking market. The last thing they wanted for their wholesome new image was Marty O’Connor and co massacring a pub full of rugger buggers.

It was a blow, but by no means fatal. Awaydays’ producer Dave Hughes’ wife Audrey is a skilled seamstress (spotters’ fact: the Asda at Woodchurch – a notorious Birkenhead estate – was once upon a time The Belmont Clothing Factory – a massive version of Mike Baldwin‘s Corrie sweatshop). I drew her a design, heavily based upon the classic green Peter Storm with the kangaroo zip-pouch, but sufficiently different to sidestep the legal Terrahawks

Audrey sourced a fabric that was so close to the original that only a weirdo would know the difference. She sat up for 8 days and 8 nights making the only 40 jackets that exist anywhere in the world. If anyone out there still has one, I’d love it for my own collection.

Anyone coming to Phil’s book for the first time – you have a treat in store. Enjoy the story of the cult with no name, but try to think of those early-day Scouse and Manc adventists as pioneers – not Casuals.

Lots of love,

Kevin Sampson, summer 2012

80s Casuals - The North Will Rise Again

80s Casuals – The North Will Rise Again

Dave Hewitson who Kevin mentions above, was one of the founders of ‘80s Casuals’ clothing range which began at roughly the same time as ‘casuals’ was published. 80s Casuals co-founder, Jay Montessori, a Tranmere fan himself, explains the origins of the label.

“By the summer of 2003 I had been in retail for over 10 years rising to the dizzy heights of buying director for designer stalwart, Tessuti and unfortunately was about to get knocked right back down again due to my inability to resist a good old spar at the match. It was around this time I had become somewhat bored with the fashion industry and the tired looks it was churning out. I had tried everything in store to inspire the terrace goers to move on, from Moncler to Faconnable but with little success.

It was then I started to hark back to where all this began for me and lust after the clothing of my younger years that had started this lifelong habit that I just can’t kick. Originally inspired by a T shirt from small defunct label ‘Northern Shoplifters’ known as the ‘Casuals Shopping Spree’ I began to print my own tee’s with icons of the casual scene on such as Stan Smith, Ilie Nastase and the CP Company Mille Miglia coat. Looking back now the quality wasn’t the best but the idea was good and in turn inspired many others to take pride in this terrace subculture of ours.

Around this time, Mike (one of the original partners in the brand) told me there was a lad in the shop who had been told to pop in by his mate (a certain Phil Thornton) to speak to me about selling his book in our store. That lad was Dave Hewitson who was going through a similar mid life crisis to mine and had wrote the highly acclaimed book ‘The Liverpool Boys are in Town’ which focused on the beginnings of the lust for all things aloof on the terrace. As Dave left the shop he clocked my little rail of tee’s on display and asked ‘who prints these?’, I told him the brand was mine to which he replied ‘I’m a printer by trade and can do a much better job than that for you’ and a partnership of over ten years was born.

Since then our brand has grown into a bona fide clothing label encompassing all the things we live and breathe from music to scooters, but is mainly based around our love of the match home and away. In this time our little label has enabled us to work in partnership with illustrious brands such as Fila and MA Strum not to mention the surreal experience of sitting down to dinner with the son and daughter of terrace God, Massimo Osti.

Many similar brands have emerged since our beginning which only confirms that we are not alone in our passion for all things related to this lifestyle we choose.”

Proper magazine - Hikerdelic issue

Proper magazine – Hikerdelic issue

Along with clothing ranges celebrating casual culture, new magazines and websites also catered for a specialised niche market of casuals both young and old. One such magazine is Stockport based ‘Proper’ and Mark Smith explains how he and partner, Neil Summers started the mag.

“I first met ‘Proper Magazine’ co-editor Neil when he asked to borrow my pritt-stick. It was actually my asthma inhaler. We hit it off and in an attempt to stave off the boredom of call centre monotony we used internal emails to bounce ideas off each other. Then we set up what was probably an early version of a blog. It was all a bit beyond us but some kid from Scotland offered to set it up and we started reviewing gigs and putting top tens on there. This was about 2000. We were both into clothes, and especially adidas trainers. Many a lunch break was spent at the adidas factory shop at nearby Pear Mill.

The clothing content on the website grew and when a Stockport County fanzine I’d been doing lost its appeal, I decided to put together a kind of lad’s fanzine. Between us, we did the first three issues and sold just enough to justify carrying on. It was never anything we took much pride in, and in the true spirit of fanzines, it was just an outlet for us to just sound off. We sold a few via some internet forums and just kind of plodded on until issue 7 or 8. Each one definitely got better and our contacts grew to the point where we were writing about brands like Norse Projects and Heritage Research before anyone in our circles really knew much about them. Proper has gone from a photocopied fanzine to a bona fide magazine, sold in Osaka and all sorts of mad places. We’re pretty proud of it but always keen to keep that fanzine ethos.

The last ten years has seen the internet saturate the whole casual thing. Everyone’s a casual now. Even lads in bad elasticated jeans. This decade will probably be seen as a time when heritage ruled. Things appear to be going a bit more sporty and technical now. I’ve spent the last few years in nice shoes having finally kicked the adidas habit and clearing out 200+ pairs of trainers. But now I’m back wearing runners by Nike and New Balance. We’ve just done a thing in our most recent issue that touches on how heritage has morphed into something a bit more street and a bit more to do with bright colours. We called it ‘Hikerdelic’ and it seemed to strike a chord.

The original Casuals book was an inspiration to the early 20’s version of me. It’s probably not cool to admit that but seeing the origins of working class style collated in that way just fuelled an already healthy appetite for nice coats and suede shoes or trainers. I can’t see that changing any time soon. My two sons have inherited my magpie gene and taste a good pair of sports shoes, and without much encouragement from me. And so it continues.”

Umbrella Magazine

Umbrella Magazine

Another magazine that covers casual style along with pieces on architecture, travel and food is Anthony Teasdale’s stunning web based magazine, ‘Umbrella.’ Ex-pat scouser, Tony lives and works in that there London but still follows his beloved Liverpool FC and tells us about Umbrella.

“On the face of it, Umbrella, the men’s lifestyle magazine I edit and co-publish doesn’t immediately bring to mind ambushes at Crewe station or brick avoidance on the forecourt at Old Trafford. And, as one of outer Liverpool’s premier cowards, anything that even smells of violence has me crying for my mum and hiding my minuscule football badge in under layers of continental casual wear. But, as influences go, the obsession with detail and the love of the easily missed and supposedly ordinary is something that both the casual movement and Umbrella share.

I’ve always felt that traditional media didn’t “get” our thing, it’s too nuanced to really pin down for those not in the know. It’s forward looking yet traditional, obsessed with labels, yet proud of its knack for lifting a seemingly ordinary brand into the realm of the sought-after. Umbrella, with its metropolitan sheen and high end design, is the first mainstream men’s mag to take that on board.

We certainly don’t want to exclude people who don’t know about this thing of ours, but we are determined that the mindset of our movement will be represented among the wordy articles and posh features about architecture. We figure that if you take pleasure from a beautifully designed coat then there’s a fair chance you’ll find the same enjoyment in an outstanding train station or well-thought-out transport map. They all press the same buttons, that love of simplicity and subtle order.

Thirty years after I first became aware of super-smart scals at Anfield, the philosophy that they represented is alive and well in the pages of ‘Umbrella’. We’re just biding our time until flares, Ben Shermans and M&S lamb’s wool jumpers come back. Now there’s a look to mystify.”

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Along with The End, London based fanzine Boys Own set the tone for terrace watchers and clubbing stylists alike during the 80s and early 90s. Chelsea fan, DJ and proud casual, Terry Farley spoke to me about his own memories of Getting The London Look.

“In all honesty I was from another era in 81/82. The cocky little mob of Arsenal kids ( think they may well have been called ‘The Little Highbury’ pre-Gooners/Herd ) who jumped onto the tube at Cally Road sported Kickers , Fila BJ’s and had immaculate wedge hair that any late 70’s suburban soul boy would have died for. They were however all around 15/16 and I seemed ancient at 21.

There had been a ‘London’ football look for a few years before with most of the clobber coming from the Soul Boys of Essex , Kent , Surrey and Inner London boroughs with US issue MA1’S , Lacoste , straight jeans and the iconic Lonsdale sweats all working their way down from the floors of the Lacy Lady and Lyceum to the Clock End and Halfway Line even if most of the kids who ended up wearing em would not know a Flora Purim record from Flora spread. But a mob of relatively drably dressed Londoners marching through Stoke or Manchester in green flight jackets with the obligatory ‘ boxer ‘ style side parting hair cut (most old school barbers still called it a ‘Tony Curtis ‘ I believe), 501’s and Lonsdale sweatshirts was never going to inspire a generation or create a new youth cult .

However these young Herberts had taken bits n pieces from their older brother’s/ uncle’s wardrobes, added some northern scally and topped it off with a reworking of a haircut that by 81 had gone so far out of style that it meant fifth generation Essex Soul Boy with Robbie Vincent radio show window stickers on his beat up Capri and created someone very, very striking and to most people something new.

The next 5 years or so was working class street fashion at its finest. Loads of 70’s Soul or Sticksmen (the black London reggae boys ) staples were revived with Burberry, Lacoste and Lois reappearing alongside exotic sounding nylon or velour sportswear (nylon and exotic eh ?) and then the mid 80s obsession of expensive Italian knitwear and sturdy shoes led into a big fuck off coat look that’s still on the back of most people who still hint at themselves as ‘ Casual.’

If there was a new version of TV’s ‘ Hi Di Hi’ the Ted Bovis character would no doubt sport a baseball cap and wear a CP goggle jacket, Armani jeans and Adidas Malmos It’s a bit sad that a street culture of 30 years plus can be so stereotyped and when I see lads / men at the match now dressed in such fashion it does remind me of the Teddy Boys you would see all over England in the 70’s in their moth eaten drapes and creepers, unable or unwilling to move on, looking back instead of forward, remembering those golden years with a unhealthy obsession.

Last April, there was a semi legal Loft party down some photographers studio off Scrubs Lane near the Bush. The DJ was Tony Humphries, an iconic New Jersey legend and amongst the 700 or so assembled, many were late 30 till early 50’s ex and current football lads representing not just about every London club ( even those weirdo Cockney Reds ) but lads from as far afield as Cardiff , Portsmouth and Leeds . The look was Ernest Shackleton meets Chris Bonnington with a big old dollop of English heritage and 60’s US Ivy league via Tokyo and Milan. Beams Plus, Supreme, Tassled Bass Wejun loafers, Levi Vintage, Yuketan , Quoddy and the odd New Balance trainer with some £20 Oxford shirts from Uniqlo thrown in for good measure. Well dressed men in fine men’s clobber carrying on the tradition of music, gear and clobber. Was it Casual? I’ve no idea but what’s in a label anyway?

Our Culture, Sweden

Our Culture, Sweden

Yet along with British casuals re-inventing themselves or cracking on with their old obsessions, a new breed of international casuals took upon the styles of the British football fan and casual devotees. Swedish website ‘Our Culture’ is one such forum showcasing modern casual as it exists across Europe and beyond.

“This thing, at least to us (Our Culture), is ”dead” without the connection to football, and as football now is getting killed by big business… we might not able to turn back the clock to save the game but we can turn back the clock to save ourselves and the legacy of the casual culture, the thing or whatever name you prefer. Nostalgia and a fighting spirit should never be underrated.

It’s a circle game, but for the first time ever… English lads here and there, have started to look at other parts of Europe, maybe not for new looks, but for advice and inspiration, in order to save the game that now seems to be in worse shape than ever. Stand Fanzine (first issue Sept 2012) is a great example. Organized football fans in other parts of Europe are not in charge, but they make themselves heard, they boycott, protest and are well aware of the economical power they possess. The last chapters of the first edition of Casuals spoke of football running out it’s course; ”Pay Up! Sit down! Shut up! Fuck off!” Well there is a saying that goes, ”it’s always darkest before the dawn” and what if things eventually change for the better?

The DNA of the European football casual goes something like this: Lads from the UK look abroad for inspiration (rest of Europe and the US first and foremost) and the rest of Europe look to the UK for ”directions”. Fjällräven is a great example. There wasn’t a single lad from Sweden that didn’t have a (probably extremely cool) old vintage Fjällräven jacket that he got from grandpa or his old man, that was just hanging in some wardrobe year after year. Then what happened?

A certain store in Manchester started to sell it, English lads fell in love with the price worthy, robust, clean Norse fox… and a couple of years later, Scandinavians saw that the English were wearing grandpa’s old jacket so they started to wear it themselves. We are waiting for Norwegian and Swedish football lads to discover vintage Udis, Norrøna, Melka, a few Tenson models and other ”hidden” Scandinavian outdoor brands. There are probably a few that we haven’t heard of either.

Representing the Our Culture collective and Scandinavia, we can honestly say that our intention was always to first and foremost look in our own ”backyard”. This area of the world is dark and cold, but also inspiring and interesting. Real and genuine people are attracted to genuine and real things. Realness has no nationality and is not held back by borders or geography. At the same time… there is (at least to us) this connection between the different areas of northern Europe – the darkness, cynical outlook on life brings us together, and so does the climate. Technical jackets made for the outdoors will always be popular here, not just because they’re fucking smart and we dress better than everyone else, but because the climate here force us to the brands that offer quality and resistance against a weather that wants you dead.

It’s a circle game alright. A new promising football season, a new promising label and young lads wanting to separate themselves from the new or from the old or from the present. That’s what keeps it going –the everlasting rule that there aren’t any rules.”

Bill Routledge's 'Northern Monkeys' book

Bill Routledge’s ‘Northern Monkeys’ book

Bill Routledge is a Preston North End fan and author of ‘Northern Monkeys’ a great book that looks at various northern youth tribes over the past 40 odd years. This is his take on the casual scene.

“For over thirty odd years now I’ve been donning togs that could be classed as a lean towards Casual/Dresser. From the year of 1980, when I acquired a Pringle jumper from Gibson’s Sports in Preston – that was worn with adidas Kick, Levi straight leg cords, a Fred Perry polo shirt plus a MA-1 Flight jacket – I’ve always had an ever changing wardrobe over the last four decades. There are certain labels that are staples to this day that I still wear form way back when such as Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, Levi, Berghaus and occasionally in summer, a exceptional pair of adi – I’m more of a Clarks shoe man today because of old age playing havoc with me plates.

Since the millennium there has once again been an upsurge of early ‘Casual’ brands and the culture due to plethora of magazines, books, websites, TV and films that are out there dedicated to the era with sportswear shops galore on High Streets and retail parks the length and breadth of the UK. The national companies that own these stores now dictate to brand manufactures what they want from them. For instant, what trainer they want exclusively for themselves, what colourway they should produce the trainer in for them and, how many they should release or re-release; usually this being a limited run to cause mass panic to breakout with overnight queuing outside shops, which in the main, is for advertisement purposes.

And there’s eBay flooded with rarities too, with sellers asking mega bucks for some deadstock training shoe unearthed in deepest Eastern Europe. Or young lads can walk into certain designer shops and walk out head-to-toe in ‘in’ labels without a clue what they are buying into with their platinum credit cards. Dressing by numbers? Nah! That’s what it ain’t about. It ain’t never has been too. It were a rite of passage. It were a long and winding learning curve that sought new boundaries along the way.

I wear established labels merged with, and incorporating, quite newish, smaller independent labels: Garbstore, Stansfield and 6876 to name but a few. I also particularly like the Casual Connoisseur label which takes onboard qualities and designs of the past while using contemporary high-tech fabrics and adding their own unique twist –they really do know their stuff. Though I still have Marc O Polo, Benetton, Kickers, Stone Island, W.W.W. and Lefthand plus overseas purchased vintage mountain parka’s that rub shoulders with apparel from the Manchester Mecca that is Oi Polloi, in the wardrobe.

The culture I chose to live and breathe, for me, went hand-in-hand with the lads I knocked round with, the bands and music I were into and, the football teams I followed; PNE and England. Only in today’s football environment, I’ve all but given-up the footy. This is due to feeling somewhat disillusioned, somewhat detached, somewhat discontent with the plight of the modern-day football and the stadia it’s played and watched in. Most fans of an age just don’t seem to have a real relationship with their club and team anymore. And more so, with the players. This is because the prima donnas are paid megabucks and have no connection or correlation with the fans.

Players run towards managers, not fans, kissing their shirt or club badge profusely. The next week, they could be doing the exact same for the clubs arch-rivals. Place in this bracket Sky and the Premiership too – I could rant on and on for an age. It’s all about the money, full-stop. And most of the lads I went the match with have given up on North End over the years. I also don’t think the British take on the European Ultras has a place in UK football, but who am I to make that judgement?

So, because of this, which is a long time coming, a network of lads from around Britain have come together to make a stand against the whole shebang concerning the game we all once loved and, the plight of the realfans passion for the game that has been stolen from them. This is in the form of a fanzine, STAND –‘Against Modern Football’. Watch this space…

Ste Connor hides from the Fulham escort in an L4 'jigger'

Ste Connor hides from the Fulham escort in an L4 ‘jigger’


My old sparring partner Ste Connor provides his own views here on how things have developed over the past decade.

“In terms of the last 10 years, the influence of Oi Polloi seems to have permeated all levels of both mainstream and high street fashion with “outdoorsman” & work wear such as mountain parka’s/fisherman’s cagoules being seemingly ubiquitous and knocked out by the likes of Top Man/H & M/Matalan etc. Facial foliage also seems to be de rigeur for such types as well. Me, I’m just too lazy to shave, that’s my excuse and has been for the past 15 years or so.

One positive aspect of this far-reaching influence has been a proliferation of UK Labels providing decent, quality gear to rival the Jap/US Labels – with Universal Works/Albam/Oliver Spencer/Garbstore/ ARN Mercatile/Folk/Heritage Research (now sadly defunct) alongside established favourites such as Cabourn, YMC, 6876 & Margaret Howell knocking out well designed and produced clobber for the more discerning sartorialist. But then again it’s also given the likes of Ben Sherman & Lyle & Scott an excuse to produce piss-poor “heritage” ranges of gear that they never even made first time around. Swings and roundabouts, I suppose.

We even had a bash at our own label – Curva Nord -back around 2005 with somewhat mixed results, but it was never going to be anything more than a vanity project. Anyway, thanks to Dan & Tom at Casual Conoisseur (“Stockport’s answer to Supreme” (c) Glenn Kitson) we have partially exhumed it for a collaboration or 3, so keep ’em peeled.

CasualCo/Curva Nord 'Still Searching' tee (2013)

CasualCo/Curva Nord ‘Still Searching’ tee (2013)

From the US the old timers such as Polo, RRL, Filson & Woolrich have now been joined by Engineered Garments, Woolrich Woolen Mills, Post Overalls & Batten Sportswear in ploughing that similar furrow of workwear/outdoorsman pieces, to great effect in most cases.

One development that’s certainly left me cold has been the reissue of Italian sportswear – Fila, Tacchini & Ellesse – maybe because I never wore any of it first time around, but come on chaps squeezing your XXXL frame into a pastel coloured Tacchini trackie top, as you approach your 50th is’nt really the way to go now is it? Have to say that I also feel similarly unedified by the adidas “Originals” range as well. Christ, once you can get it off Jacamo the gig really is up. The Scandinavians have also muscled in on the act with decent results during this last decade with new kids on the block like Norse Projects, nn 07, Velour & Our Legacy complementing old hands, Fjall Raven.

As far as footwear goes, well we truly are spoiled for choice. I rarely wear trainees these days & if I do they’re likely to be New Balance or old Nike’s like Vortex as the students/indie kids have feasted upon then raped the rotting carcass of adi reissues for far too long. For me, Yuketen & Clarks are the ones, although there is an abundance of well made moccasin’s out there from true artisans such as Oak Street Bootmakers, Quoddy, Native Craftworks & Verginia Moccasins to name but four. From our very own Northampton we also have the likes of Trickers, Sanders & Mark McNairy’s “New Amsterdam” range for when one needs to “posh it up” somewhat.

On the footy front, I’ve had to let my season ticket go this year due to my impending nuptials but still get to as many games as I can and maybe I’m being a bit too rose tinted in my view of it all but going to Goodison today is no different to 10 years ago when that snap of us in the original version of this fine tome was taken. Yeah, we’ve got no money & we “need” a new ground but for all that I still wouldn’t change it for the world. The recent release of the Hillsborough report has shown that with determination fans can have a positive influence, but the less said about the “Blue Union”/Kenwright Out factions the better.

Casual 10 Year Anniversary merch c/o Casual Connoisseurs

Casual 10 Year Anniversary merch c/o Casual Connoisseurs

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