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The Great Save’s memorabilia mission

Football’s suspension might have left a gaping hole in many of our lives, but it has given many of us the time to take a step back and look at the game in a different way.

Last year we reported on Reading fan Roger Titford’s mission to save historic football records and memorabilia, which he says is in danger of being lost as collectors pass away.

Things have taken a step forward since then with the launch of The Great Save – a blog devoted to “saving the nation’s football memorabilia from destruction and making it available for all kinds of heritage and community purposes”.

Roger and his Great Save colleagues aim to bring together, inform, and inspire fellow football fans who have similar concerns about the disappearance of football heritage.

Their latest musings feature Hatters Heritage (a relatively new group from Luton), Viking FC (an almost unremembered club from London), and updates on Exeter City and Maidstone United collections.

What is “stuff”?

Since professional clubs launched towards the end of the 19th century they have created huge volumes of, to use a technical term, “stuff”.

And in Roger’s memorable phrase “there is no greater enemy of the football historian than the recently bereaved family member who is tasked with clearing out a house full of stuff!”

But what is the stuff? The list is rich in variety and requires an exceptionally long paragraph…

Match programmes and team sheets, handbooks, celebratory brochures and club-specific books, shirts, scarves and other apparel, match tickets and season tickets, player passes, club accounts, AGM reports, pennants, badges, mugs, trophies, medals, programmes, dinner menus, scrapbooks and news cuttings, fanzines and podcasts, videos, off-air recordings, banners, scarves, books and oral history, badges, newspaper supplements, broadcast material, cigarette cards, coins, stickers, magazines, books.

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