As York City supporters we all have our hero's on the pitch, that goes without saying, but also we have our hero's on the terraces too. Over the past 20 years or so football has changed beyond all recognition to what happens in the 70s and 80s. Many new grounds have been built by both large and small clubs, TV coverage is with us virtually every day off the week. Hooliganism whilst not erradicated completely has been controlled to a point as to not interfere with a family atmosphere. Programmes are now like a small book, travel to away games is easily accessible, and a huge change is the volume of information that you can get on York City just at the push of a button. Any York fan under 25 will have known no different, but there was a time when things were very different. A government determined to use any legislation to control football fans. Trouble on and off the terraces was rife. An odd live game on the "Big Match" and highlights on "Match Of The Day" was about your lot. If you supported a small club then forget it. Terrible stadiums with crumbling stands and poor facilities, fences to pen you in (The Cage at Doncaster). Police that made the situation worse with heavy handed tactics on football fans. Within the back drop of all what was going on at York City, some of our supporters set abot trying to give our fans a voice to what was going on. Back then the club was much more dictorial and oppressive to its own fans. These York City hero's started the first supporters fanzine at any club in Britain "Terrace Talk". This ground breaking fanzine brought issues of fans out into the open. Challenged the club when wrong doing was perceived, reported on issues at the club. Recorded stories of York City supporters and away day trips, brought humour and laughter to the terraces. Raising money for the club they supported was also high on the adgenda. Police issues were also written about, as fans were treated in between cattle and criminals. It's easy for us in this day and age to forget our supporting past, well on this blog we want to remember what great work was done by individuals in recording for ever the social history of supporting York City through the 1980s. To everyone who had anything to do with Terrace Talk, and to those supporters who bought the fanzine we salute you all.
Has anyone seen this man walking the streets of North London in 2014?