Fanzines United
Fanzines United Football Club
 
Formed 1990

 

Notts Friendly League 1991/92 - 1994/95
NFFL Senior Cup Winners 1994/95
NFFL Senior Cup Finalists 1993/94
League Cup Winners 1992/93
League Cup Finalists 1991/92

 

EMPAL 1995/96 - Present day

EMPAL Division 1 Runners-Up 2007/08

EMPAL Division 2 Champions 1996/97
EMPAL Division 2 Runners-Up 2005/06
EMPAL Cup Finalists 1996/97
EMPAL Most Sporting Team 2001/02, 2002/03, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2010/11

EMPAL Division 3 Runners-Up 2013/14

 

Fanzines United?

Fanzines United founder member Jim Cooke takes a look back at the formative days of the club…

The fanzine ‘movement’ of the late eighties threw loads of like-minded people together, never mind which team they supported. I met Andy Lowe through this, and also a lovely chap called John Holt, a Notts nutcase who had dressed up as a Victorian player when being the match mascot. John refereed and also ran a successful ‘friendly’ football league outside the jurisdiction of the Notts FA.

The Notts County fanzine, The Pie, had played a few friendly pre-match fixtures during the 1989-90 season against Birmingham City, Leyton Orient and Crewe Alexandria, and they had proved very popular. Andy suggested a Tricky Tree vs Pie game over the Easter holiday. I can’t remember the score now (3-2 to the Reds! – Andy) but it was out of this fixture that Jon Poole, I think, suggested we form a joint team and enter John’s league for the following season.

I thought I’d probably got one more season in me, as did Whiffer Smith and Tony Mack. Jon was young and keen and knew two useful players in Oliver and Karl MatthewsPete Dawn, a renowned local cricketer and oddball, volunteered to play in goal along with Tony (though not at the same time!). A mate called Coop said he’d play full-back (but always stayed up front) and there were others like Julian McDougal. Andy supplied the rest of the players, names such as Mick OramNick EmeryIan Richmond and Charlie Lee, and we played a pre-season friendly out at West Park in Long Eaton against an old mate of mine’s Sunday team – which we won!

We were off and running – and, best of all, our home ground was on the old school pitches by the railway embankment in West Bridgford, soon christened the Bridgford Bernebeau despite its sloping corner, the use of the changing facilities with showers that never worked and a heating system which seemed to operate in reverse – I swear we found ice on the inside of the windows in winter! We played the scaffolders of Tubbit United in our first game and won comfortably. I remember playing against John Players Sports Club on Gresham and winning 1-0 totally against the run of play with a really gritty performance. The team spirit was now beginning to show through. We were early leaders in the league and I managed to score my one and only goal for the club against Nottingham High School at Grove Farm. Unfortunately, history shows we petered out a bit towards the end but still had a fairly good season. After all, a team featuring Communards, Joe 90, Bob Mould and Freddie Mercury look-a-likes had to stand a chance!

Gradually we recruited classy players – I played 5-a-side with Jim DeesIke and Garry Goals and they were tempted over. Rick, a jewel of a sweeper sadly came and went as he moved to Germany and Dickie Brinley finally signed on the dotted line. We now had a side, a proper side. Who’d have thought that a generation later the club would have become one of the longest running and most respected in Nottinghamshire Sunday morning football. It’s a funny old game!
 


 

Club Records

 

Biggest Win - 11-0 v Nevabeen Athletic, 2005 (?)
Biggest Defeat - 0-16 v Ardley Athletic, 2001
Highest Scoring Game - 0-16 v Ardley Athletic, 2001
Highest League Finish - 2nd, EMPAL Division One, 2007/08
Most Club Appearances - Garry Smith or Fred Lowe (probably)
All-Time Top Goalscorer - Garry Smith (probably)
Most Goals in a Season - 50+ Mike Thomas 1996/97 (?)

Most Goals Scored in a single game - 5, Stephen Connor (twice!), both against Nevabeen Athletic, Nov 05 & Feb 2006
Most Goals Scored in a single game by a substitute - 2 Darren Heithus, Fanzines 5 GM Olympico 0, Sep 2005 & Haseley Gordon, Fanzines 3 Notts Athletc 0, Apr 2008
Highest Transfer Fee Paid - £5 Paul Ravenscroft 2003
Most Successive Games in Starting XI - 37 Paul Ravenscroft (05/12/2004 - 10/09/06)
 

 

Ian Swanton Trophy Winners

 

In 2005, in tribute to the memory of Ian Swanton, it was decided to initiate the club's first ever end of season award. Ian played for Fanzines United for a total of five years and was a very popular character who never gave less than 100% to the club. To reflect Ian's commitment and popularity the trophy is awarded at the end of every season to the player who has made the biggest overall contribution to the club both on and off the pitch over the previous twelve months (i.e. not simply the 'best' player). The award is voted for by the players themselves, and the past winners are listed below.

 

2004/05 Graham Gilbert
2005/06 Stephen Connor

2006/07 Adam Collinson
2007/08 Paul Harrison
2008/09
Kip Broughton
2009/10 Richard Shaw
2010/11 Joe Doorly

2011/12 Richard Shaw

2012/13 Jamie Bower

2013/14 Nick Murphy

2014/15 TBC

 

 
Top Goalscorer

1990-91
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97 Mike Thomas 50+
1997-98
1998-99
1999-00
2000-01 Neil Remzi 20+ ??
2001-02 Neil Remzi 14
2002-03 Graham Gilbert 11
2003-04 Graham Gilbert 14
2004-05 Graham Gilbert 17
2005
-06 Stephen Connor 31
2006-07 Stephen Connor 22
2007-08 Gareth Brown 12
2008-09 Stephen Connor 20
2009-10 Tom Haw 10

2010-11 Gareth Brown 15

2011-12 Jamie Bower/Stephen Connor 12

2012-13 Jamie Bower 11

2013-14 Joel Lambert/William Simpson 15

2014-15 TBC

 


Final League Position

 

League                    Year P W D L F A GD Pts Pos
Notts Friendly 90/91                  
Notts Friendly 91/92                  
Notts Friendly 92/93                  
Notts Friendly 93/94                  
Notts Friendly 94/95                  
EMPAL Division 2 95/96 22 8 10  40  42  -2  28   
EMPAL Division 2 96/97 26 21  4 114 37  +77 67 1st 
EMPAL Division 1 97/98                  
EMPAL Division 1 98/99                  
EMPAL Division 2 99/00                  
EMPAL Division 2 00/01                  
EMPAL Division 2 01/02 20 10  9 45 45 31 4th
EMPAL Division 2 02/03 22 8 12 53  59  -6 26  6th
EMPAL Division 2 03/04 22  8 4 10  40 42 -2 28   
EMPAL Division 2 04/05 16 6 5 5 27 26 +1 23 6th
EMPAL Division 2 05/06 20 13 2 5 56 32 +24 41 2nd
EMPAL Division 1 06/07 18 8 2 8 40 46 -6 26 4th
EMPAL Division 1 07/08 22  14  47  24  +23  46  2nd 
EMPAL Division 108/09 2211
4
7
44
24
+20
37
4th
EMPAL Division 109/10186573034-4236th
EMPAL Division 110/11 18 10 29 40 -11 20 6th 

EMPAL Division 1

11/12

22

9

11 

50

473

29

7th

EMPAL Division 212/132284104940  9287th

EMPAL Division 2

13/14