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Crowdfunder for book of iconic fan imagery smashes target

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A crowdfunder for a rerun of The Game by Stuart Roy Clarke has surpassed its target, allowing for a second publishing run.

Stuart Roy Clarke has been photographing supporters for more than three decades – producing some of the most iconic images of English footballing culture.

Now his second book, The Game, which formed the basis of an exhibition at the National Football Museum, will be published again thanks to the generosity of fans who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign.

The initial £11,000 target was surpassed in days – you can still contribute here.

“I decided my storytelling could not stop,” Stuart said. “And wanted to add new chapters to the book to bring the national fascination with football, which outweighs all the uncertainty of our times, up to date.

“The exhibition and book were about the importance of football in our national culture: the ages of football and how we got here.

“To me it was to be the basis of my photographic journey and was warmly received. So warmly that it sold out within four months.”

A range of perks remain available to those who wish to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign, including signed copies of the book, signed studio prints, talks and photography sessions with Stuart.

The crowdfunder closes on Thursday 4th April.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund

Partners

  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball