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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, November 12, 2004
    Philosophy Football
    "Through a turnstile into another and altogether more splendid kind of life, hurtling with conflict and yet passionate and beautiful in its art."

    They're getting better at Philosophy Football. Used to be all their shirts were one size fits all ie, this won't fit you. Their new JB Priestley shirt comes in S, M, L, XL, and of it they write,

    In the slump of the late 1920s JB Priestley wrote the tale of three Good Companions who sing, dance and drink their way through the towns of England. A Bradford City man Priestley ensured his trio paid fulsome tribute to the meaning of football for the Northern industrial working class of the period. This remains a romantic attachment that commercialism endangers but can never fully squander as long as there are fans.

    Great quote, good rationale. Not sure I like the design, though. The best of their shirts features this fantastic quote:

    "The socialism I believe in is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It's the way I see football, the way I see life"

    - but I could never wear it because it's bright red and the words come from the mouth of Bill Shankly. So I'm still ambivalent about Philosophy Football. And will remain so until they find a good Everton quote to put on a deep royal blue shirt. Today's words from David Moyes reveal quite a profound philosophy, I think, and are music to all our ears: "I'm staying."