Ahhh, nostalgia! What a Shot! is an evocative collection of fans' snaps of days out at the football – mostly taken from the terraces, back in the 70s and 80s, but artfully augmented by images captured against the fast-disappearing, idiosyncratic backdrop of jumble-sale stands, dilapidated floodlight pylons, curious ticket sheds and souvenir barrows.
Football fans love nothing more than faded snapshots of crumbling grounds, distant players toiling in mud and fences topped with razor-sharp spikes – all snapped from the terraces in the belief that the results would prove worthy of the back page when they arrived back from the developers. At least, that’s certainly true of fans of a certain vintage.
When ‘70s and ‘80s photos taken from the stands and terraces were posted on the Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Football blog, traffic tripled overnight and floods of snaps were mailed in from all over Britain. The artistic value of the pics is hilariously mixed, featuring the overexposed back of many a feather cut... but, blown up big, many can take on a strange and wonderful power.
For kids like those pictured here meeting their heroes in full kit – now grown men – these images of cavernous Kops, blurred speedy wingers, floodlights and inflatables offer an evocative window into a Lost World of Football... from a fans’ eye view.
Click here for more information on What a Shot! including a sneak-preview sample of the book - and follow us on twitter as we'll be tweeting more images via @PitchPublishing and @GotNotGot.