5th Edition March 2012
Next Streams: Sunday 18th March v Aue Saturday 7th April v FSV Frankfurt Sunday 22nd April v Hansa Rostock Sunday 29th April v Dynamo Dresden Sunday 5th May v Paderborn Streams shown at Wharf Chambers, starting at 4.30pm.
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Editors Note Well, it’s fair to say it has been a busy month. Yorkshire St Pauli as a group is seemingly getting bigger by the week, and I’d like to take a moment to thank all those who have assisted in running it on a daily basis - the website, the social networks, the merchandise, the newsletter, it takes an enormous amount of effort to put it all together and maintain it, so I’d like to thank all those involved. One great example of this is the recent closure of our venue, ‘The Well’. We were only made aware of this two weeks ago—and it meant we had to find a new venue immediately. After the initial disappointment of losing a great venue, we put our minds together - got a shortlist of potential new venues, and we’ve found one already, just in time for our upcoming stream this Sunday 18th against Aue. The new venue is ‘Wharf Chambers’, which we will have more details of further in the newsletter. I’d also like to take a minute to thank the staff at ‘The Well’ for their efforts in recent months. It’s closure is a shame, not only for Yorkshire St Pauli, but for local music in Leeds in general. The Well is one of the most wellknown gig venues in Yorkshire and for it to close is a huge disappointment. I hope some day
it’ll be back up and running, the last thing we need is another Italian restaurant. One other great success in recent weeks has been our website. When we first started out as a group we didn’t really use the website, it was mainly just a source of information for those who didn’t want to use our social networking sites in order to find dates of streams etc. But we’ve revamped the site and started to put a lot more content onto it recently, with weekend previews and reviews, and also a new prediction competition. Last month we had 1,200 visitors to our website, and we have already surpassed 600 visitors this month. As a result (and because we tend to forget our website address when we’ve had a couple of beers!) we’ve updated our web address to www.yorkshirestpauli.com . Hopefully this will spread the word of St Pauli, and Yorkshire St Pauli, even further. So, a new venue, a new(ish) website and hopefully a promotion push to look forward to. Hope you all enjoy the newsletter and thanks for reading! P.S - The new t-shirt design we announced in our last newsletter will be ‘unveiled’ on our website in the next few days. Scott
The Curtain Call It has been an incredible season in the 2.Bundesliga so far. The top 5 have achieved at least 50 points each so far, and are separated by only 3 points. St Pauli were automatically promoted from the 2.Bundesliga two years ago with 64 points, but will probably need a few more this time if they are going to achieve promotion.
promotion rivals St Pauli and Fortuna Düsseldorf to the Trolli Arena before the season finishes. You would expect they would win the majority of their other games which come against teams threatened by relegation, so if they can pick up points against their rivals they should be promoted.
With only 9 matchdays to go before the regular season draws to a close, here’s our preview of those in and around the promotion push and their chances of promotion to the Bundesliga.
Greuther Fürth Remaining fixtures: 1860 Munich (A) Karlsruhe (H) Aue (A) Cottbus (H) Braunschweig (A) St Pauli (H) FSV Frankfurt (A) Fortuna Düsseldorf (H) Hansa Rostock (A) After finishing 4th and narrowly missing out on the playoff position last year, Fürth have had a very impressive season and currently sit top of the table with 9 games to play. Fürth have consistently finished towards the top of the 2.Bundesliga table in the last decade, but have always missed out on the promotion places. They have finished 5th or above in 8 of the last 12 2.Bundesliga campaigns. Their success this season has mainly been down to their impressive home form, having won 11 of their 13 home games - the only defeats coming against Eintracht Frankfurt and Eintracht Braunschweig. They also have the best defensive record in the league, conceding only 20 goals in 25 games, by far the best defensive record in the division. Prediction: Fürth have a great chance of securing automatic promotion, which will hinge on their hugely important games against promotion rivals in the coming weeks. They have a highly important trip to relatively local rivals 1860 Munich this coming weekend, and they will welcome
Remaining fixtures: Dynamo Dresden (H) Union Berlin (A) Bochum (H) Duisburg (A) Ingolstadt (H) Aue (H) Aachen (A) 1860 Munich (H) Karlsruhe (A) Having spent plenty of money in the summer transfer window, Eintracht Frankfurt were huge favourites to win the 2.Bundesliga this season however it has been as easy for them as many expected. That said, they sit in 2nd place and have a great chance of going back to the Bundesliga at the first attempt after relegation last season. Eintracht Frankfurt’s main problem has been their form against key promotion rivals. They drew with both Paderborn and St Pauli at home and subsequently lost the corresponding away fixtures, they drew both games against Fortuna Düsseldorf and lost away at 1860 Munich. But they are still unbeaten at home (8 wins, 4 draws) and have picked up 24 points away from home– a total only Paderborn can equal. Prediction: The remaining fixtures look relatively easy for Frankfurt, perhaps the easiest of the chasing pack. But there are a few potential banana skins where they could drop points, Dynamo Dresden have had a good season by all accounts, a trip to Union Berlin is never easy and Aachen have improved in recent months. That said, Eintracht Frankfurt are favourite to win the league, and with their runin it’s easy to see why. It’s quite foreseeable that they could go unbeaten in the remaining 9 games and leave the rest of the promotion chasing pack behind.
Cottbus (A) Braunschweig (H) St Pauli (H) Hansa Rostock (A) FSV Frankfurt (H) Dynamo Dresden (A) Union Berlin (H) Greuther Fürth (A) Duisburg (H)
Aue (A) Cottbus (H) Fortuna Düsseldorf (A) FSV Frankfurt (A) Union Berlin (H) Greuther Fürth (A) Hansa Rostock (H) Dynamo Dresden (A) Paderborn (H)
After such an impressive start to the season, the wheels fell off for the Düsseldorf promotion campaign just before the winter break when they lost at home to Paderborn. After that game they went 5 games without a win, including a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt and a defeat against 1860 Munich. But recent wins against relegation strugglers Karlsruhe and Aue have seen them put themselves back in contention for automatic promotion and they currently sit 3rd.
It has been a successful first season in charge for Andre Schubert. He had the unenviable task of replacing Holger Stanislawski at the end of last season, but has proven his abilities so far this season. It’s been even more impressive when you factor in the injuries sustained to key players such as Carlos Zambrano, who missed the first half of the season and Marius Ebbers, who has had niggling injuries in recent months and has been a huge loss.
Fortuna’s main weakness is the amount of draws they have picked up away from home. They have only lost 1 away game all season, but have picked up 7 draws. It has been there debatable away form in recent seasons that has cost them dearly, and they’ll be hoping it doesn’t cost them again.
St Pauli have 5 more points at this stage of the season than they did 2 years ago, when they were promoted in 2nd place. It’s just unfortunate that the clubs around them have also done equally as well.
Prediction: Düsseldorf have two particularly important games in their run-in, with a Monday night home game against St Pauli at the start of April, followed by an away trip to face Greuther Fürth on the penultimate weekend of the season. They’ll then finish the season with a home game against local rivals Duisburg, which could be a huge game for both sides.
Prediction: St Pauli face 3 of the top 5 in the run-in, the hardest run-in of the promotion candidates. Whilst it may be the hardest run-in however, it’s also an opportunity to take points from those around them. In addition to this, they face a match against Hansa Rostock and Dynamo Dresden in the final weeks of the season, two usually fiery games that could be pivotal to the promotion campaign.
Duisburg are struggling with relegation and could well need points on the final day to keep their place in the 2.Bundesliga. It has the potential to be a huge game for both sides. Düsseldorf have a great chance of promotion, and if they can beat St Pauli and Greuther Fürth they’ll have every chance of securing promotion.
With the return of Zambrano and Ebbers amongst others in time for the final weeks of the season, St Pauli have every chance of securing promotion as long as they can pick up points against the sides around them. It could all go down to the final day, with St Pauli hosting Paderborn at the Millerntor, will the winner take the prize?
Ingolstadt (A) Duisburg (H) Braunschweig (A) 1860 Munich (H) Aue (A) Cottbus (H) Karlsruhe (A) FSV Frankfurt (H) St Pauli (A)
Greuther Fürth (H) Dynamo Dresden (A) Hansa Rostock (H) Paderborn (A) Duisburg (H) Bochum (A) Ingolstadt (H) Eintracht Frankfurt (A) Aachen (H)
Perhaps the surprise package of the season, Paderborn have had a great season so far. 10 years ago Paderborn were in the the Regionalliga Nord, but have achieved relative success in recent seasons. They have been a determined, hard-working side all season and deserve to be in contention for promotion going into the final weeks of the season.
The lions had forced themselves into contention for the promotion race, but have faltered in recent weeks. A last gasp equaliser against St Pauli a couple of weeks ago had meant they were realistic contenders, but they lost 3-1 at the weekend to FSV Frankfurt and then could only draw 0-0 with strugglers Aue midweek in a re-arranged fixture from earlier in the season. After that result, they now sit in 6th place, 7 points away from Paderborn above them, 10 points off Greuther Fürth at the top of the table.
They were humbled a couple of weeks ago in a 5-1 hammering away to Greuther Fürth, but they picked up a vital 4-2 win in the home tie against Eintracht Frankfurt to keep them in touch with the other promotion chasing sides. Prediction: Paderborn have struggled of late, only able to draw at home against both Bochum and Dynamo Dresden - points which could cost them dearly towards the end of the season. But they’ve surprised many people this season, and have picked up points against sides when they weren’t really expected to do so. If they can pick up points against the relegation strugglers they face in coming weeks, they could go into the final game of the season at the Millerntor would a chance of promotion.
1860 Munich started the season poorly, losing 6 of their opening 12 games. But they changed that form around in November, going on a run of 9 unbeaten, seeing them win 7 of those games. This put them on the fringes of the promotion race but they haven’t been able to keep up that form in the last couple of weeks and now seem long shots to finish any higher up the table. Prediction: 1860 have a huge task ahead even if they want to reach the 3rd place playoff. They face Greuther Fürth at home this weekend, and anything but a win would seemingly rule them out of the promotion race. But we wouldn’t want to rule them out just yet, it’s a crazy league, and anything can happen!
71 (4th on goal difference)
@Traindriverdad Goes To Hamburg. After several years of following St Pauli, one of our founding members Mick decided to head to Hamburg for the first time to watch the recent game against Karlsruhe. This is his story of the weekend...
Burrito with a beer. The food was absolutely delicious. I'm afraid I went to bed after my meal, it had been a long day and I was knackered. Monday March 12th...MATCH DAY....
Sunday March 11th Well, it was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning in Leeds and my journey was about to begin. Bag packed and with a tearful send off from my 7yr old I was on my way, calling in to get Dave Doughman, singer with Swearing at Motorists & St Pauli resident, a box of PG Tips. Things didn’t start off too well, engineering works meant the train to the airport was not only delayed but diverted as well. Cue nervous foot tapping and frantic watch checking. Made it, time to relax, got a window seat. I arrived at Hamburg Airport and began what felt like a 2 mile walk to the exit/S Bahn. Saw plenty of USP graffiti on the way into central Hamburg then it was off to find my hotel, which wasn't easy as it is now nicely hidden by a giant metal container, which lines the street during the much protested against gentrification of St Pauli. The Kogge "Rock n Roll Hotel” wasn't exactly ”rockin” when I got there at about 6.00 pm, two members of staff and one customer were sitting in the dimly lit bar in stony silence while some obscure reggae played in the background. I was given a very warm welcome and even offered a shot of my choice, I'm not a drinker so I kindly declined the offer. After unpacking in my sparse but clean room I venture off to explore the famous Reeperbahn, I sort of knew what to expect but I still found it to be a sad street trying hard to mask exploitation and a lot of begging with bright lights. In need of food I followed various recommendations and went to Kombase, a Mexican restaurant right next door to the Kogge. I had the Potato & Beef
I'd arranged to meet Dave, who had kindly offered, via Twitter, to show me round. He found it highly amusing that I suggested we met outside McDonalds. As he’d read that I was something of an anarchist at heart, he thought I might be about to stage some sort of protest. We met outside the St Pauli shop to be on the safe side. After showing me where the Beatles had played we moved away from the Reeperbahn and into the residential area of St Pauli, this was a much more pleasurable experience. There was a strong sense of a community battling against the onslaught of regeneration which I found inspiring. SOS St Pauli placards, stickers & posters were on nearly every window, lamppost & wall. It really began to hit me that FCSP is more than a football club to everybody here. It's the focal point for the community to show the world that things can be and should be different. Anyway after a coffee we made our way to the Millentor. I was actually here, six years after first seeing that t-shirt here I was stood outside. And better was to come, Dave's young son is at the kindergarten at the Millentor, he pulled a key from his pocket and let himself in, me following behind like some giddy school kid thinking "he's got his own key" "are we allowed to do this?". Up to the kindergarten we went and after a quick word with the staff I was standing above the player’s tunnel looking out onto an empty Millentor. Cheers Dave, I can't put into words what that meant, it's a feeling a word doesn't exist for. "Get a grip, Mick, you’re 47", I can hear you say. After some pizza we went our separate ways but exchanged numbers to meet up at the
game. I was slightly nervous as I got ready for the game, would the Fanladen have forgotten I was coming, would I have come all this way just to watch it in the pub? So at 15.30, I couldn’t wait any longer, I made my way to the Fanladen. The place was already a hive of activity, people stapling the fanzine together, a guy getting the coffee machine going & a table football match was in full swing. At the back was a small queue of people collecting tickets and buying the first beer of the day. I introduced myself and asked if there was a ticket reserved in my name. He began to flick through what seemed like endless pages of names. “That’s me, there at the bottom” my name was there, the only one in bold capitals, the Special One as I like to think they were thinking. For anyone who attends matches in England, you might want to look away now. “That will be 12 Euros please”. Yes that’s correct 12 Euros. I bought myself a few goodies and had a good look round. Scarves from all over Europe adorn the walls but couldn’t hide my pleasure at seeing pride of place, under the T.V. going to our own Republica International from Leeds. People were beginning to arrive with rolls of woodchip wallpaper under their arms, these I was told contained messages of protest against the DFB safely hidden from public view until inside the stadium. I watched these coming and goings for about half an hour then decided to take a leisurely walk to the Jolly Roger. I arrived quite early and was met outside by a legless (no legs and drunk) man in a wheel chair who was overjoyed to find I was from Leeds, he began to list, in no particular order, every Leeds United player he knew, he knew a lot. Inside the Jolly Roger I ordered my first Astra of the trip and began to look at all the stickers that cover every wall in there, a couple of Yorkshire St Pauli stickers are in there now. Outside I had the pleasure of meeting up with Stephan Priess one of our Facebook followers, don’t you just love how the internet brings us together. It was now time to walk over to the Stadium
and begin to soak up the growing atmosphere, night games really are unique. It was still over an hour and a half to kick off but the fan shop was full and the Wurst stand was doing a roaring trade, I had to try a curry wurst, not bad but wish I’d had a normal one. I rang home from outside the ground, like some over excited school kid, they all think I’m mad but they know NOTHING. Had half an hour to wait before the gates opened so I just found somewhere to sit and watch the growing crowds. It was then that I realised that I was sitting next to a rather drunk cross eyed beer seller with a fixation with my cherry docs, I just nodded a lot and we both kept repeating “shiny”. I’m sure I was part of some German “You’ve been framed”. I made my escape when someone else caught his attention and joined the queue for the Südkurve. Inside I made my way down to the fence, where the ultras were hanging the last of their banners, down near the player’s tunnel I asked a young lad if I could get our banner up somewhere. He was rather thrilled that I’d come over from England and began to tell me that the ultras love to have people over and then moved his banner so we could get ours on the fence (TV people stood in front of it for most of the game). With kick off approaching and the terraces full, the singing started. This as you know goes on all game. The noise was deafening as “Welcome to the Hell of St Pauli” began to echo around the Millentor, this chant seemed to go for about 10 minutes until the first “Dong” of “Hells Bell’s”. That bell just makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. The noise seemed to reach 11 (spinal tap) and I was part of it... The match itself was a pretty scrappy affair, with St Pauli struggling to breakdown a stubborn Karlsruhe, until of course the ball fell to Moritz Volz and...well you know the rest. There seemed to be a slight delay in the crowd’s reaction, think they, like me had become more interested in the guys leading the chanting but when the reaction came it was amazing. Not only had St Pauli scored but they scored in front of me. After that the game returned to the scrappy game it had been before that piece of magic, a game of
few chances and St Pauli just missing that killer touch, even the introduction of Ebbers, which raised the volume levels again, couldn’t bring the goals. I think the enduring memory that will stay with me is the unflinching support for the team. The nonstop singing was a joy and to be a part of this is something very special. The final whistle was met with wild celebrations in the stands, the last 5 minutes lasted an eternity, you know what we’re like at giving away late goals. I met up with Dave and his young son after the game and we went for a celebration drink outside the Jolly Roger. We then walked back to his flat, said our goodbyes and then it was time for me to dodge the prostitutes on the way back to my hotel. I failed miserably. These women leap out of the darkness and attach themselves to your
arm like leeches. They take some shaking off I can tell you. I finally made it back to my hotel after about four of these attacks. I had another couple of Astra’s then called it a night, three beers in one night is three beers more than I’m used to. Tuesday March 13th Woke up feeling a bit rough, alcohol is no friend of mine. Had time for a walk down by the river Elbe and went down into the Elbe Tunnel, an amazing piece of architecture, a spot of lunch and then it was time to check out of the Kogge and come home. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Thanks to everyone who made it possible and I’LL BE BACK. Mick Parker @traindriverdad
Lack of democracy in German Football At the moment the DFB (German Football Association) and the police are trying to destroy the supporters’ culture in Germany. We, the fans of St. Pauli, are supposed to deal with especially hard punishments. Currently you can see that on two cases: The first one is the decision of the DFB in the “till roll-case”. At the home game versus Eintracht Frankfurt a till roll, which was part of a choreography sequence, hit Frankfurt’s captain Pirmin Schwegler on his head. He wasn’t hurt. Obviously it doesn’t interest the DFB that it was the intention of the person, who threw it, to support the team visually, the roll just accidently didn’t scroll, no one got hurt, the “perpetrator” turned himself in and that he never had a purpose. So the judgment seems very harsh: 5800 standing capacities shall be blocked for the next home game. Before discussions, the DFB wanted to block 13000 standing seats. Judgments on other clubs have not been as strict. For example in Rostock a lot of things are thrown at players of the opposing team. Punishments? Never. Or the attack on the supporters of Dortmund
in Hoffenheim, where a lot of them got hurt: penal procedure? Discontinued. This arbitrariness shows that we definitely have to fight for a fair and democratic system in German football. It is absolutely right that the club does not accept this punishment. A new judgment will be debated. The second case is the advice of Hamburg’s police that FCSP is not allowed to sell any tickets to fans of Hansa Rostock for the game in April. Even if I don`t really look forward to seeing these guys at the Millerntor, this is the first time the police are trying to prohibit the whole fans of a club to attend to a game. This can`t be accepted, because otherwise the police here will get too powerful and this is politically dubious. The club will take this to court too and will even be supported by Hansa Rostock. So, we see that here a lot of things go in the wrong direction and that the fight for a fair dealing with critical and alternative supporter structures and fan-friendly football goes on. Forza Sankt Pauli! Against modern football! Article written by @Bucanero1910
@FCSPspotter Here’s a bit of a recommendation for those of you on twitter. User @FCSPspotter has a great collection of St Pauli stickers spotted in various locations. I’d recommend you go and follow and keep up to date on the stickers post. Here’s some of our favourites:
Berlin, Berlin, wir fahren nach Berlin! Every March I come to Berlin with work. This time I thought I would write a bit of a travel blog with a difference. Why? Well, for a start that nice Yorkshire airline Jet2 (I’m imagining cabin crew serving bread and dripping or maybe potted meat!) is beginning flights from Leeds/ Bradford this June, so it could become a footy short-break destination from our neck of the woods pretty soon. This year I made the unfortunate mistake of arranging my flight for exactly the same time as the magical St Pauli's away fixture with 1860. Staying as usual in a hostel in the east of the city, I went into the bar on arrival to see that they were showing a repeat of the whole game. As I didn't know the score it was just like being at a delayed stream at the Well, albeit without Scott's dodgy mullet wig obstructing your view or a Death Metal band drowning out the Ultras' choir. They even had Astra on tap! I've been coming here for a few years now, both with work and for pleasure. I've seen all the main sights that you'll find in any good guidebook, but I thought I'd share with you some interesting places away from the crowds of tourists. I spent one Sunday with a pal once, for instance, who showed me the Soviet War Memorial at Treptower Park. It's an amazing sight totally off the tourist trail but close to Treptower Park SBahn station. A series of giant sculptures tell the story of the battles for Berlin (from the Soviet perspective) and slap bang in the middle of the structure is a giant Soviet hero protectively holding a German child and crushing a swastika beneath his feet. Bombastic it may be, but the site is also the resting place of thousands of Soviet troops who gave their lives during the liberation and there is a regular police presence to ensure that the site is respected. Also off the beaten track (and it is literally off a track) in the tough eastern suburb of Lichtenberg you’ll find the so-called "Memorial to the Socialists", where amidst the local cemetery lie the remains of the
founders of German Socialism. Most interesting are the memorials to Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, who led the Spartacus Revolution post WW1. Liebknecht declared a Socialist republic from the balcony of the imperial palace (since destroyed in WW2, then dismantled by the communist regime). During the short civil war that ensued, The Social Democratic Party sent in right-wing militia to quash the uprising, resulting in the murder of Liebknecht and Luxemburg. Their remains lie side by side at the memorial, although the Soviet regime that ruled post WW2 saw fit to allow their party’s own leaders to join them. For anyone interested in Rosa Luxemburg, a stroll through the Tiergarten in West Berlin leads you to another monument, sited at the point where her body was thrown into the Landwehrkanal by her murderers. It's a strange place; a now peaceful waterway in the heart of the city. But that's Berlin all over; a conundrum of a city in every way. Anyway, back to footy and all things St Pauli, the great thing about Berlin is how fast changing the city is. Prenzlauer Berg is still interesting, although it has long since been gentrified post-reunification, Kreuzberg still has a certain alternative vibe and nearby Friedrichshain is still a great place to go. For St Pauli fans though, the place to head for is the ‘Astra Stube’ in the new alternative centre, Neukölln, which is definitely brown-white. Alternatively, check out ‘Oberbaumeck’, a selfstyled “punkrockfootball” pub on the border of Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, or in Prenzlauer Berg try ‘Abseits’ for an alt football bar showing loads of games. The place to get official St Pauli merchandise during your visit is ‘Fantastic’ on Oranienstrasse on Kreuzberg's main drag. Although it's great to occasionally work in Germany, I generally go during the week. And, of course, that's when those sensible Germans are shaking off niggles from the previous weekend or training hard for the following weekend. Not for nothing do they call playing twice a week an 'English week', which they
think is generally complete madness. Thankfully, the recent bad weather threw up that rarity - a midweek game. A Regionalliga Nord game, no less, with Hertha II entertaining that famous old club from the east, 1FC Magdeburg. Due to Magdeburg having something approaching a following, Hertha switched the game from their own small secondary stadium to the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark in Prenzlauer Berg, a municipal venue with a higher capacity and I suppose better means of segregating fans. Judging by the fact that the local Bobbies pretty much outnumbered the travelling Magdeburger, maybe they were expecting trouble, with the 300+ 1FCM fans strategically positioned as far away as possible from the main stand. Considering all this I stood with the Herthaner, although I knew that this would lead to standing next to half interested punters at a loose end midweek. There is no doubt that allowing second teams to compete at this level with fallen greats creates a strange mix and prevents other clubsâ€™ development. The day I have to watch Rotherham United lock horns with, say, Stoke City Reserves will be the day I finally lose my last modicum of interest in the English game. Anyway, not much to report of the game except a 2-0 victory for Hertha's youthful side against a 1FC Magdeburg team that squandered 5 or 6 really good chances, yet
never looked like scoring, they were so poor. The Magdeburg fans treated us to some songs in the first half, although it's eerie to listen to it in a 20,000 seater capacity stadium with just over 900 onlookers, 600 of whom are only vaguely interested. There wasn't a peep from the away fans in the second half though, as it became obvious that they were heading back to the Elbe empty handed. Anyhow, back to Berlin for footy tourism from Yorkshire, I wouldn't rush to Hertha to be honest. I don't actually think they are any worse than your average big club; they are a mixed bag. Obviously, there are places to avoid, the most obvious being Dynamo or BFC or whatever they have decided to call themselves this week. A good choice would be to visit 1FC Union, a proper football club with a fan culture and for decades the antidote to Dynamo in the east. In the west, TeBe (Tennis Borussia), a club that has never had a big following, has shaken off a plummet down the leagues by trying to rebrand itself as an alternative club. But the place to go in the greater area is no doubt Babelsberg 03 on the outskirts of Potsdam, who have moved up to the 3rd Division in playing terms and definitely to 1st Division in fan culture. A decade of fan involvement has created a culture similar to that at the Millerntor and the connection between the club and our beloved FCSP grows stronger and stronger. It would definitely be my first choice midweek game (if that ever happens again!). It's got to be better than Hertha II at any rate! Rob.
Q&A with Attila The Stockbroker
Before his recent gig in Leeds, Attila the Stockbroker – Performance poet, Brighton & Hove Albion and FC St Pauli fan,spared some of his time to answer a couple of questions I’d wanted to ask for quite a while.
1) When did your love of St Pauli Start? In 1989 I was at the Political Song Festival in East Berlin. Someone said ‘Hey, Attila – you like football, punk rock, beer and left wing politics, you should go to Hamburg and watch St Pauli!’ That was when things were really starting to get going. First saw them in 1990, when the Fanladen was still run by Sven in the old hairdressers and the legendary anarchist goalie Volker Ippig was between the sticks. Still got the T shirt ‘Volker, hor die Signale!’ Been on average I’d say once a season for over 20 years. Got some good mates over there. Brighton come first though, and I do my best to bring a little bit of the St Pauli spirit to the Albion – much easier now we have a lovely new stadium with real ale in all the bars and a lovely fans’ bar for me to put punk rock gigs on in from time to time, Piranhas, Test Tubes and Too Many Crooks so
far:) And of course I was P.A. Announcer and DJ at Gillingham and Withdean so we certainly had more punk rock than any other club in the league... 2) Do you think British fans get a fair portrayal in the main stream media? I'm thinking of the battles fought to save your own club Brighton, Chester, Wimbledon, Halifax & Darlington etc. Well, no, in the sense that, even in our darkest hour as the battle raged to keep the Albion alive and then to get our new ground, most of the time we were battling to get media coverage in the face of blanket reporting of the Premier League. What the ‘stars’ had for breakfast was often deemed more important than we Brighton fans exiled at Gillingham or Withdean and fighting for the very soul of our club. But thanks to some very inventive media stunts (culminating, of course, in our legendary Hit in January 2005, http://www.myspace.com/ seagullsska) we certainly hit the headlines more than once. It has made me a bit sad that some of the other clubs who have faced the same sort of bastards as we had to haven’t been able to generate the same level
of media attention – but we have an advantage in that there are many thousands of us and we have some bloody clever media orientated people down here... 3) Do you feel, like me, that in the 30yrs of protest against such things as Racism, Sexism, Homophobia & Rampant Capitalism, that despite what felt like significant progress. We have actually gone in a circle and ended up back in 1980? I can honestly say that in the football sense things have moved forward hugely when it comes to racism (witness the current Suarez furore) and its unacceptibility on the terraces. When I think of the things that used to be shouted and thrown at matches there is no doubt of that. Homophobia is now being tackled too – though we quite like it when people do the old ‘does your boyfriend know you’re here’ ‘cos it gives us the chance to shout back ‘he’s over there’ or ‘he’s behind you’ and of course – as last Saturday - ‘2-1 to the nancy boys’ and ‘we’re gay and we’re beating you’ ...but in society as a whole you are right, the rich scum get richer and the poor, sick and vulnerable are paying.....Fortunately I at least have the opportunity to sing and shout about it.... 4) Do you REALLY want Brighton to get into the Premiership? Yes, as long as we take Blackpool or Swansea as the model and simply take it in our stride. I am sure that that is what will happen, as well, if it comes to pass. At the moment, after SEVENTEEN years battling to save my club and get a new ground, I am simply enjoying the football and the beer :) 5) And finally my wife reckons that been this angry at 50 is bad for my health. What does your wife think? I think this poem. I wrote it when I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. I now cycle 40 miles a week....
TOO MUCH PRESSURE This angry young man is still angry, but older And now Father Time has just pissed on my shoulder. ‘You’ve got to grow up, John - you’re way past that stage You’ve reached the condition they call ‘middle age’. It’s time to be quiet, say ‘yes’, watch TV High spot of the week, a nice dinner party. Polite conversation until you doze off The topics: house prices, taxation and GOFF. (That’s golf, by the way, in case you’re unsure. Not pale folk in graveyards discussing The Cure) Now just look at you in your Seventies gear With your punk rock and football and microbrew beer Political poems and loud, angry songs You still want to change things and right the world’s wrongs? You stand up and shout and you get in a rage: It’s really not right in a man of your age. On top of all that, and I don’t mean to frighten Worst of all for your blood pressure: you support Brighton! They’re not very good and you don’t want to die So sit on the couch and watch Chelsea on Sky.... NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sure, I’ll take the tablets, and drink a bit less. If you fancy a game, I might play you at chess. I hope that I’ll make it till I’m ninety - five. But one thing’s for sure, Death - you’ll never take me alive.
New Venue - Wharf Chambers
After the recent closure of ‘The Well’, we are pleased to announce our new venue, Wharf Chambers.
our numbers will be boosted when members find out about us being there.
You don’t have to be a member (costs £1) to attend our streams, you just need to be signed in by a member. If you wish to sign up as a member, you can do so by using the website link above. We would encourage as many people as possible to join as members, particularly those who attend streams regularly—so we can then sign in others who are ‘guests’.
Having been told a couple of weeks ago that ‘The Well’ was set to close, we wanted to act quickly in order to find a suitable venue. This needed be a venue that was accessible for those wanting to watch streams from around Yorkshire, and also needed to match the ethos of our group and of St Pauli.
The club opens for business on the 16th March and our first stream will be the 18th March against Aue, with the stream starting from 4.30pm. Doors will open from 4pm along with the bar, so come down early in time for the match, get your drink in and enjoy some pre-match build-up before we start.
With this in mind, Wharf Chambers in the ideal choice in our opinion. It is situated on the edge of the Calls in Leeds city centre, near the back of the Corn Exchange, about a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds train station.
We can’t promise luxurious surroundings or three points unfortunately, but we do guarantee a safe & welcoming place to enjoy watching St Pauli.
The address for Wharf Chambers is: Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club 23-25 Wharf Street Leeds LS2 7EQ
The club is a members club and members have democratic control of the club. We think that the ethos behind Wharf Chambers and that of the fan culture at St Pauli will sit nicely together. They have around 1000 members currently, and are confident that
“Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club is a members’ club, and you need to be a member, or a guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit www.wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect.