Foul (fanzine)

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Foul was a football fanzine that was first published in the United Kingdom in October 1972 by Cambridge University students.[1] It was inspired by Private Eye and is regarded as being the first recognisable football fanzine. 34 issues were published between 1972 and 1976. One of its writers was Chris Lightbown.[2] Stan Hey, Steve Tongue and Andrew Nickolds were also regular contributors. "Vince of the Villa", a strip cartoon, was composed and illustrated by Lee Porter.

It was set up at a time when fanzines were being produced for a number of different topics, in order to provide a challenge to the mainstream media.[3] Nearly 10 years after Foul ceased publication a new wave of football fanzines commenced publishing after the Heysel and Bradford disasters. Many, including 'When Saturday Comes', were inspired by Foul.


  1. ^ Simon Willis. "Division Four 1971-72 (The long-term significance)". Archive. When Saturday Comes. Archived from the original on 3 February 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  2. ^ Gavin Barber (updated by John Williams) (2002). "Fact Sheet 7: Fan 'Power' and Democracy in Football". Department of Sociology: Sports Resources. University of Leicester. Archived from the original on August 21, 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010.
  3. ^ Hugo Steckelmacher (27 March 2008). "Football Fanzines – the perfect way to get your voice heard". Soccerlens. Retrieved 25 August 2010.