Mansfield Town FC official programme (26/09/2015) VS. Plymouth Argyle – ‘That Was… 1994’

Mansfield Town…

The Stags’ first season back in the fourth tier was marked by new chairman Keith Haslam’s appointment of Andy King as manager following the disappointing start made by George Foster. The new gaffer’s side sat in mid-table after a 1-0 defeat away to Torquay United on New Year’s Day and a disappointing 2-1 home reverse to Chesterfield the following week.

The club looked short of a promotion chase throughout the campaign with form coming in fits and starts, and a lack of firepower following prolific striker Phil Stant’s pre-season departure.

The squad was not short on quality, however, and stars such as Aidy Boothroyd, Steve Parkin, Kevin Noteman and new attacker Stuart Hadley briefly elevated the club to within five points of the play-off places in April.

But, after successive defeats to Rochdale, Gillingham and Darlington, the Stags finished in 12th position after a final day win at Walsall. Paul Holland once again collected the player of the year award, and Steve Wilkinson was the club’s leading scorer with eleven goals.

Close season departures included Wayne Fairclough, Kevin Gray and long-serving midfielder Ian Stringfellow, who left Field Mill after nine years and 163 appearances.

New signings ready for King’s first full campaign in charge included Ian Baraclough, John Doolan and Mark Peters. The side quickly gelled, with strong form in the early weeks of the season. A 1-0 away victory at Chesterfield was coupled with magnificent form in the Coca Cola Cup, which culminated in a stunning 1-0 early autumn victory over Premiership Leeds United.

But cup form took its toll. The club’s win over Leeds, as well as FA Cup victories over Northwich Victoria and Halifax Town caused Mansfield’s league form to stutter. Another mundane mid-table finish looked likely.

But a rallying set of results towards Christmas did much to change the mood, starting with a tremendous 4-2 Field Mill victory against the Spireites – in which eventual top-scorer Wilkinson bagged a hat-trick – that saw King’s charges enjoy an incredible festive period.

Five successive victories in all competitions included a 7-1 Boxing Day annihilation of Hereford United and a 5-2 away victory over Scarborough just a day later. The high-scoring side never looked back until experiencing heartache in the 1994/95 play-off semi-final derby against Chesterfield.

In Football…

  • A memorable year in the 22-team Premier League helps curb fans’ frustrations at England’s failure to reach the summer’s World Cup, with champions Manchester United led by Eric Cantona’s 25 goals. Meanwhile, the Red Devils defeat Chelsea 4-0 to claim their 8th FA Cup.
  • Brazil win the World Cup for the fourth time, beating Italy in a penalty shoot-out at Los Angeles’ Pasadena Rose Bowl stadium, as the tournament is held in the USA for the first time.
  • Alan Shearer returns from injury to score 31 goals for Premier League runners-up Blackburn Rovers. His tally is only beaten by the 34 goals scored by Newcastle United’s Andy Cole.

Key Events…

MAY Nelson Mandel a becomes South Africa’s first black president after free elections are held in the country for the first time, following the end of Apartheid
MAY The Channel Tunnel between England and France is opened by Queen Elizabeth II and President Mitterand, having cost almost five billion pounds to complete
JUNE Millions of Americans watch live as sports superstar O. J. Simpson flees from police in his white Ford Bronco, after being accused of the murder of his ex-wife and her lover.

On Screen…

  • Mike Newell and Richard Curtis’ Four Weddings and a Funeral is a runaway and unexpected box office success. Made for less than three million pounds, the Hugh Grant-starring romantic comedy becomes the highest-grossing British film at the time.
  • The ‘Disney Renaissance’ continues with the release of The Lion King achieving unprecedented commercial and critical success. The coming-of-age drama remains the highest-grossing hand-drawn animation in history.
  • The sitcom Friends makes its debut – it will go on to be one of the most successful television shows of all time, being syndicated around the world to the present day.

    In Music…

  • Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, pioneer of grunge music and idol to millions, is found dead from a gunshot wound at his home in Seattle.
  • Carry On up the Charts, the first greatest hits album released by The Beautiful South is second to Bon Jovi’s own best of collection Cross Road in end-of-year top album sales.
  • Mancunian band Oasis release their debut album Definitely Maybe, sparking the Britpop revolution as it follows the success of Blur’s Parklike.

Memorable Number Ones

Love Is All Around – Wet Wet Wet
Saturday Night – Whigfield
Stay Another Day – East 17 (Christmas Number One)


Mansfield Town FC official programme (12/09/2015) VS Crawley Town – ‘That Was… 1969’

Mansfield Town…

The 1968/9 season was the Stags’ sixth straight in the old English Third Division, and had started inconsistently, with the club lying just below mid-table at the turn of the year. However, fantastic form in the FA Cup would see Tommy Eggleston’s side make their greatest ever impact on the famous competition.

Wins against minnows and unlikely conquerors in the previous campaign Toy Law Town, as well as Rotherham United, Sheffield United and Southend United, saw the Stags into the quarter final stage of the FA Cup for their first time.

Drawn against a West Ham United side that featured several of England’s 1966 World Cup-winners as well as young wingers Trevor Brooking and Harry Redknapp, Stags were cheered on by an impressive 21,117 at Field Mill, as history was made on the afternoon of 26th February 1969.

Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Bobby Moore were all in a Hammers side beaten in North Nottinghamshire by goals from Dudley Roberts, Raymond Keeley and Dominic Sharkey, with the fashionable London club’s iconic manager Ron Greenwood declaring, “they are a great team. They fully deserved their victory”.

Stags first ever win over First Division opposition meant they became only the fourth team in club history to knock out clubs from five different leagues in the same competition. A tremendous crowd of 23,500 saw the quarter final tie against Leicester City, with the Stags unlucky to lose 1-0, and thanks to the heroics of Peter Shilton in the Foxes’ goal.

Following the cup exploits, a run of six games without victory saw brief relegation panic, though results picked up – at home at least – to finish 15th in a campaign blighted by a dismal away record of only 2 wins and 6 draws.

New signings that summer included John Saunders, John Stenson and Clive Walker, all of whom would rack up 100+ appearances in the amber and blue. Results mirrored the previous season leading up to Christmas, though thanks to the goals of Malcolm Partridge and fan-favourite Roberts, a superb second half to the campaign would culminate in an encouraging sixth place finish for Eggleston’s men.


  • Leeds United were crowned First Division champions for the first time in their history, finishing six points ahead of Liverpool. Don Revie’s time in charge of the Yorkshire side would go on to yield eight trophies.
  • Newcastle United won their first, and only, European trophy, defeating Hungarian side Újpest FC 6-2 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (the preceding tournament to what is now the UEFA Europa League).
  • Sir Matt Busby, the legendary manager of Manchester United, retired at the end of the 1968-9 season after 24 years at the helm. The Scotsman’s most notable success had come a season prior, with the European Cup victory over Benfica at Wembley.

    Key Events…
MARCH British Airways and Air France’s shared supersonic airliner project, Concorde, capable of reaching speeds over twice the speed of sound, flew for the first time.
    APRIL Englishman Robin Knox-Johnston became the first person to sail around the world non-stop, winning the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race on arrival in Falmouth, Cornwall in his yacht Suhaili
    JULY The Apollo 11 moon landing took place, broadcast live to a worldwide audience. After Neil Armstrong had declared “the Eagle has landed”, he and fellow American astronaut Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk the moon.

    In Music…

    • The Beatles performed their final concert on the rooftop of Apple Music HQ in London in January, closing with Get Back. Their final album, Abbey Road, would be released later in the year.
    • The year saw the release of some major classic British rock albums, Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II and the Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed.
    • Rat Pack icon Frank Sinatra released the album My Way, featuring the anthemic song which would go on to define his career.

      Memorable Number Ones

    • Je t’aime…moi non plus – Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
    • I Heard It through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
    • Something in the Air – Thunderclap Newman

      On Screen…
    • The pioneering surreal sketch comedy show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, debuted on BBC1.
    • Westerns such as The Wild Bunch, True Grit and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid reigned at the box office.
    • The first series of pioneering children’s programme Sesame Street airs, with Jim Henson’s Muppet characters interacting with human actors to educate and entertain viewers. Meanwhile, Hanna-Barbera’s Scooby-Doo Where Are You? began transmission.

Mansfield Town FC official programme (05/09/2015) VS. AFC Wimbledon – ‘That Was… 2003’

Mansfield Town…

The Stags’ first season in the third tier in ten years was full of promise, though an indifferent start would leave the club stuck in relegation mire alongside the likes of Northampton and Cheltenham by the turn of 2003.

Players including Lee Williamson, Bobby Hassell, Neil Mackenzie and Wayne Corden had all enjoyed the momentum of new player-manager Keith Curle’s early promise that ended 2002, however a New Years’ Day defeat away to promotion candidates Crewe Alexandra found the club in the four-team drop-zone during the months that followed.

Memorably, Stags’ only victories for the first three months of 2003 at least earned bragging rights for fans, with a fiery 2-1 away victory at Chesterfield followed by 3-2 home wins against neighbours Notts County and the previous seasons promotion rivals Luton Town.

Unfortunately, the campaign was never to gain momentum, particularly given the Stags’ miserable defensive record of only five clean sheets all season. 

A run of five successive defeats, including a 5-1 home reverse against Peterborough United left Curle’s men in a precarious position, and relegation was confirmed weeks later in bizarre circumstances during an away fixture at Tranmere Rovers, as a home supporter’s ascent onto the Prenton Park roof led to a half-time abandonment. Results elsewhere were to ultimately seal the Stags’ fate.

After a summer of minimal transfer activity, a high-profile pre-season friendly victory against Curle’s former club Manchester City saw the team, bolstered by latest youth team graduate Alex Baptiste and defensive addition David Artell, back in good shape for a promotion tilt.

The return to Division Three (now League Two) began with big wins against Scunthorpe, Southend and Bury, with Iyseden Christie leading the line and Liam Lawrence’s form cementing a stable top six position.

Four consecutive early autumn wins saw Mansfield challenging Hull City at the top of the division, though defeats to fellow high-flyers Doncaster Rovers and perhaps the distraction from reaching the FA Cup Third Round – following victories over Bishop’s Stortford and Wycombe Wanderers – left the Stags steadily amongst the play-off pack toward Christmas.

An unbeaten Christmas period, including a 1-0 win against eventual runners up Hull City left Stags in a healthy position heading in to the new year of a season that would eventually end in play-off final heartbreak against Huddersfield Town.

Biggest win: Mansfield 6 Bishop’s Stortford 0 (8th November, 2003)

Worst defeat: Mansfield 1 Peterborough 5 (29th March 2003)

In Football…

  • AC Milan lift the Champions League trophy for a seventh time after defeating fellow Italians Juventus on penalties following a goalless draw at Old Trafford. Earlier that month legendary Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel had announced his retirement from the game.
  • Players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Viera shine as Arsenal’s ‘invincibles’ season ends, with Arsene Wenger’s title winners completing the first ever unbeaten Premier League campaign.
  • Russian oil billionaire Roman Abramovich buys Chelsea FC for £150 million from Ken Bates, 21 years after Bates had purchased the club for £1. Meanwhile, Manchester City move into the City of Manchester Stadium (later known as the Etihad after their own takeover).Key Events…
    One of the worst Space Shuttle disasters in history occurred, when NASA’s Columbia disintegrates over Texas and Louisiana as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.
    MARCH Worldwide protests occur following the invasion of Iraq by US and UK troops, in condemnation of what many perceived as an illegal war. A record total of 2 million people would take part in UK protests over the course of the conflict.

SEPTEMBER Country music legend Johnny Cash dies at 71. The film chronicling his life, Walk The Line, would go on to be nominated for five Academy Awards.

    In Music…

  • Hip-hop dominates the charts, with Eminem’s soundtrack to his biographical film 8 Mile, and the debut album by his protegé 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ two of the biggest selling records of the year. R Kelly’s Ignition (Remix) and Sean Paul ft. Blu Cantrell’s Breathe also received huge airplay this year.
  • This was a breakout year for pop band members’ solo careers, with N-Sync’s Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child’s Beyoncé celebrating incredibly successful debut album releases.
  • An intense battle for Christmas number one saw Gary Jules and Michael Andrews’ alternative cover version of Tears For Fears’ Mad World come out on top, beating diverse efforts by The Darkness, Ozzy and Kelly Osborne and TV comedy show Bo’ Selecta!.Memorable Number Ones
    TaTu – All The Things She Said
    Room 5 featuring Oliver Cheatham – Make Luv
    Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love?

    On Screen…

The Return of the King, the final film in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, was released, grossing over a billion dollars at the international box office.
  • Channel 4’s popular Liverpool-set soap opera Brookside is axed after 21 years with the last episode airing on 4th November. Meanwhile at the BBC, Den Watts returns to Eastenders 14 years after the character was supposedly killed off.
  • The UK screening of Martin Bashir’s controversial documentary Living with Michael Jackson is aired on ITV. Footage included Michael Jackson infamously dangling his baby, named Blanket, from a hotel balcony.

Mansfield Town FC official programme VS. Oxford United (22/08/2015) – ‘That Was… 1984’

Mansfield Town…

Ian Greaves’ reign as manager began with an inconsistent Fourth Division campaign, though promise across the squad indicated late 1980s success was on the horizon for the Stags.

New arrivals included defender and future trophy-winning captain and manager George Foster, who joined us from Derby County and was named Player of the Year for 1983/4. He would go on to make 348 appearances as a yellow, with his early years partnering Colin Calderwood.

Following a slow start to the 1983/4 season, and after suffering Boxing Day disappointment in the 1-0 loss at home to local rivals Chesterfield, the Stags began 1984 looking to turn around their fortunes, having finished 10th the previous season under Stuart Boam.

The team failed to win any of their first eight Canon Fourth Division (now SkyBet League 2) matches however, with their first win of 1984 coming on 3rd March, with a 2-0 win against high flyers Reading, a team who would go on to earn promotion some months later.

With future Stags boss Billy Dearden in the background as First Team Coach, the squad, including Tony Lowery, Mark Kearney, Simon Woodhead and a young Les Robinson played attacking football all season, scoring the highest number of goals outside the play-off contenders. In spite of this, Mansfield sat in a precarious 23rd position in early April 1984, though propelled themselves to a stable 19th place finish thanks to a run of 3 straight victories, including a 7-1 Field Mill demolition of relegation rivals Halifax Town, a game in which Southampton-loanee Ian Juryeff took home the match-ball with an incredible hat-trick.

Stags record appearance holder Rod Arnold would make 513th and last first-team appearance keeping goal for the club in the curtain-closing 3-1 victory over Northampton, as he retired at only 31 years of age.

Two wins, including a 5-1 thrashing of Rochdale at Field Mill saw Mansfield top the fourth division during August of the new 1984/5 season, though 3 successive defeats, followed by 3 successive draws saw the side marooned in mid-table, where they would remain, later finishing in 13th position.

The Stags played out an astonishing eight 0-0 draws across the 1984/5 campaign, including both bitter local derby fixtures against eventual title-winners Chesterfield, securing the second-best defensive record in the division. This was underpinned by the security provided by Kevin Hitchcock between the sticks, a player who had joined us from Nottingham Forest in the close-season.

Biggest Win: Mansfield 7 Halifax Town 1 (10th April 1984, Fourth Division)

Biggest Defeat: Aldershot 7 Mansfield 1 (4th February 1984)

In Football…

  • Everton win the FA Cup, their first major trophy for 14 years, with a 2-0 win over Watford in the final at Wembley Stadium. The goals are scored by Andy Gray and Graham Sharp. Everton’s last FA Cup triumph came in 1966, and they have now won the trophy four times. The Toffees’ entry into what was a successful European Cup Winners’ Cup would be the last for any English side for several years, following the events at Heysel Stadium the next year.The First Division champions are again Liverpool, whose side includes the likes of Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen. The Reds also triumph to win the 1984 League Cup, defeating Merseyside rival Everton 1-0 to the trophy.
  • France win their home-staged Euro 1984, lifting the trophy after defeating Spain 2-0 in the final. The nine goals of talisman and three-time Ballon d’Or winner Michel Platini were pivotal in this success, while England stayed at home after failing to qualify for the eight-team tournament.

Key Events…

FEBRUARY Torvill and Dean’s Boléro at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time, receiving twelve perfect 6 scores, the only time ever that an all-perfect score was achieved. It was one of the most popular achievements in the history of British sport, watched by a British television audience of 24 million people.

MARCH The Miners’ Strike of 1984/5 began, which saw many members of Arthur Scargill’s National Union of Mineworkers picket against closures imposed by the ruling Tory government.

JUNE The biggest exam shake-up in the education system in years is announced with O-level and CSE exams to be replaced by a new exam, the GCSE. Still in use in many schools today, the first GCSE courses would begin in September 1986.

In Music…

  • Rolling Stone magazine declares 1984 as ‘Pop’s Greatest Year’, with hits such as Dead Or Alive’s You Spin Me Round, Queen’s I Want to Break Free and Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark garnering huge attention on radio and the recently launched MTV.
  • The second single from UK band Frankie Goes to Hollywood is released entitled “Two Tribes.” The record includes samples of the British Protect and Survive public information films on how to survive a nuclear attack supported by an advertising campaign depicting the band as members of the Red Army. The single stayed at number one for nine consecutive weeks and was the longest running number one single of the 1980s in the UK.
  • Sir Bob Geldof and Midge Ure write the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” as a reaction to the televised reports of the famine in Ethiopia. The song is released on 3rd December 1984 and became the fastest selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in its first week alone.

Memorable number ones:
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go Go
Lionel Richie – Hello
Duran Duran – The Reflex

On Screen…

  • Police drama The Bill premiered on 16th October 1984 on ITV. The series aired for twenty-six years before cancellation, becoming the longest running police procedural in British television history with 2400 episodes.
  • The first series of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is aired. Adapted from the stories by Reverend Wilbert Awdry and narrated by Ringo Starr. The production uses moving models to animate the story, controlled by radio, whilst human and animal figures were static.
  • One of the biggest films of the year is Ghostbusters, starring Dan Ackroyd and Bill Murray about three unemployed professors setting up shop as a unique ghost removal service. The film grossed close to $300 million and spawned a sequel, as well as an upcoming franchise reboot. It also won the BAFTA for Best Original Song by Ray Parker Jr.

Mansfield Town FC official programme (25/07/2015) Opposition Article – MK Dons

MK Dons

Manager Profile

Following a playing career in the lower leagues, Liverpudlian Karl Robinson stepped into the MK hotseat in summer 2010 as the youngest manager in the country at 29 years old, and is now the fourth-longest serving manager in the Football League. With multiple play-off appearances, notable cup runs and now a promotion to the second tier under his belt, he has distinguished himself at the League’s youngest club. Last season’s final day drama saw Robinson’s talented squad – a blend of homegrown and experienced players – pip Preston North End to League One’s runner up spot. A shrewd Robinson is determined to consolidate things in the Championship, stating “the fans deserve this – they are unbelievable…we want to build a team to make them proud of us”. The Stags will therefore be up against a confident team aiming to prove themselves, bolstered by the presence of ex-Stags goal machine Richie Barker, now head of coaching at Stadium MK. It remains to be seen whether Robinson and Barker can nurture more talent from the club’s highly-regarded academy this season, midfielder Dele Alli having been snapped up by Tottenham for £5 million back in January.

Pre-season Profile
Ahead of their forthcoming debut season in the Championship following their dramatic final-day promotion, the Dons have undertaken a training camp and three matches in Ireland, as well as some games against local opposition. The Stags are to be their first English professional opponents in their pre-season programme, as they ready themselves for the Championship. Captain and club legend Dean Lewington recently signed a new two-year deal and speaks highly of the club’s progress and of manager Robinson’s influence on their style of play, “The way the club plays now – from the first-team to the Under 16s – is all Karl’s philosophy and the way we play out from the back is all down to the gaffer. He’s responsible for much of the good stuff that’s going on”. Robinson’s side are known for their attacking play which saw them rack up over 100 goals last season, led by now-departed Brentford loanee Will Grigg. Hopes for goals will now be resting on newly recruited Simon Church, the 26 year old having recently signed from Charlton; “Churchy is a top lad, a good player and can score goals. He will add tremendous quality to our team” says Robinson of the Wales international.

Mansfield Town FC official programme (21/07/2015) Opposition Article – Leicester City

Leicester City

Manager Profile

After many high profile names were linked to the vacant coaching position at the Foxes, the former Chelsea, Valencia and Juventus coach landed the role in place of the sacked Nigel Pearson, and has so far received a hot and cold response from former players and fans. Despite this, the Italian will hope that results will establish his side as a Premier League mainstay following a season of off-pitch incidents surrounding the previous incumbent, declaring, “I’ve only one way for returning their trust: squeeze all my energies to getting the best results for the team.’” The 63 year-old, who garnered a cult reputation as Chelsea’s ‘tinkerman’, has worked with some of the biggest names in the game during his long career, and is known for possession football in contrast to Pearson’s imposing, counter-attacking approach, though claimed ahead of the club’s training break in Austria: “I don’t change too much but just give my Italian tactical way.” Meanwhile, after signing a three-year contract, Ranieri identified retaining the services of talismanic midfielder and last season’s Foxes Player of the Year Esteban Cambiasso as a priority, stating that “when in the right condition he changed the team”.

Pre-Season Profile

The Foxes arrive at One Call Stadium looking to build on the sensational run of form which saw them retain their Premier League status. Their pre-season has seen a week’s training in Austria, though without captain Wes Morgan, as the former Forest defender is on Gold Cup duty with Jamaica. Ranieri has assured fans they can expect “all my players to be fighters”. The Italian will aim to get the best from last season’s form players such as former Fleetwood Town hero Jamie Vardy, who netted in a memorable draw at One Call Stadium back in 2012, prior to the forward’s rise to Premier League and England stardom. Leicester, who loaned both Adam Smith and Callum Elder to the Stags last season, have recently settled the futures of several key players. Veteran striker David Nugent commented on new £7 million attacker Shinji Okazaki, stating: “Shinji has a great reputation in Japan… We are looking forward to getting to know him and hope he will score some goals”.
Okazaki is one of three signings so far, alongside former loanee Robert Huth and Austrian defender Christian Fuchs. The Foxes continue to covet the signature of SC Caen midfielder N’Golo Kante.

Direct Hit! (USA)/The Priceduifkes/Pudge/Martha/Mike Foster 21/05/2012 – Wharf Chambers


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A tour offering a bit of everything is coming to Leeds. If you enjoy noisy, catchy music played by enthusiastic tourists then you’re in for a treat at this one. Why not take a read of the descriptions below…?

DIRECT HIT (Wisconsin, USA)
Super fun Lifetime-influenced midwesterners on their first international tour. Keeping Spraynard’s fast & friendly pop punk shtick but with a faster, boozier harmony. Get pumped.
FFO: Off With Their Heads, The Thermals

THE PRICEDUIFKES (Nijlen, Belgium)
If old Alkaline Trio & The Ergs! joined forces you’d get these spirited Belgian slackers. Another debut overseas tour; expect a boisterous set full of three minute, non-diluted cheer.
FFO: Unfun, Dear Landlord

PUDGE (Sheffield)
Over from sunny South Yorkshire, it’s these refined pop punk chip eaters. Their singer’s a microwave technician and they’re bringing short songs with catchy basslines! They also have an ace new EP out on Not Shy Of The DIY records. Fuckin’ yes mate.
FFO: NOFX, The Broadways

MARTHA (Durham)
Durham city DIY pop featuring members of ONSIND & Fashanu. Layered melodies juxtaposed with progressive and immediate song topics that fans of Discount Horse Records or Ted Leo & the Pharmacists will be familiar with. Absolutely incredible.
FFO: Lemuria, Northern Soul

MIKE FOSTER (Hertfordshire)
Flat-capped & formerly of Leeds, he’ll be playing songs from his timeless EP. Look forward to the ex-Pacer bass player’s cheeky tales.
FFO: Joey Cape, Kris Roe

This show is being held at Wharf Chambers Co-operative Club which is a Victorian building most recently known as The Common Place. It is run as a worker’s co-operative with aims to increase awareness on issues such as equality and freedom of expression by holding events of a diverse nature.

Join up as a member of Wharf Chambers to support the venue. Just fill-in your details at

Monday 21st May
Wharf Chambers, Leeds
£5 OTD

Media article transcript: The Guardian (Music) 20/08/2011


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Below is a transcript of an article by Sian Rowe published in The Guardian newspaper on 20/08/2011 where alongside successful club nights in London, Hello Bastards is mentioned. This media attention came out of nowhere, but assured the both of us in pursuing this project through.

Say It Ain’t So! Club nights reanimate the pop-punk sound of Blink-182
Are a new generation pogoing to the Offspring, Glassjaw and New Found Glory, or did pop-punk never go away?

Sian Rowe
Saturday 20 August 2011 00.05 Last modified on Tuesday 3 June 2014 21.41 BST

It’s Thursday night in a packed London basement and sweaty people are going wild. Revellers hang from the ceiling, the DJ is wearing a backwards baseball cap and air-guitaring, and almost everyone in the room is shouting out the final lines to Jimmy Eat World’s 2001 hit The Middle. No, this isn’t a Hot Tub Time Machine-gone-90s moment but Say It Ain’t So, a London party named after a Weezer song specialising in pop-punk and grunge. Ahhhh, the rad stench of nostalgia.

Paul Lilley is one of a host of club promoters who believe in the lasting appeal of this kind of music. He started What’s My Age Again?, a night celebrating “pop-punk, youthful abandon and teenage riot”, in 2008. At one event, Andrew WK celebrated his 30th birthday by playing the whole of LP I Get Wet, and attendees often showed up with newly bleached hair and their old Dickies shorts. “For a long time I had been dropping a few pop-punk classics into DJ sets to rapturous response,” Lilley says. “I grew up listening to Blink-182, Weezer and the Get Up Kids so this was a trip into our teens. I was unsure how many people would actually brave the ‘uncool’ possibilities of a pop-punk party, but they turned out in force and really cut loose.”

The pop-punk revival isn’t just a London thing: a Brighton counterpart to Say It Ain’t So is called, simply, Pop Punk Ain’t Dead, while Leeds’s Hello Bastards, mixes new pop-punk bands with party anthems.

Some may wonder if the likes of Sum 41 (in the pre-Lavigne divorce years) were really that great in the first place. Perhaps this is just the hipster wing of similarly themed clubs and venues, a pop-punk version of 70s chain bar Flares, 80s tribute Reflex or power ballad celebration Ultimate Power. And nostalgia for such a recent past has its critics. A lot has been written this year about the inability of certain people in their 20s to grow up. The New York Times called it “emerging adulthood” (graduates moving back in with parents being acceptable rather than naff), while Simon Reynolds’s book Retromania points the finger squarely at “reunion tours” and an obsession, piss-takey or otherwise, with our pasts.


For Lilley, that’s not the case. “It’s not steeped in irony,” he insists of his club’s music policy. And even if members of Blink-182 are carting around kids rather than skateboards the sound continues to attract new bands. It may be in fact that the pop-punk sound of the late-90s never really went away. Skim through the lineup of next weekend’s Reading and Leeds festivals and in among the hordes of new bands there are some who return year after year. Glassjaw are sandwiched between Mercury nominees Everything Everything and Bombay Bicycle Club, while the Offspring, Deftones and New Found Glory all appear. Jimmy Eat World will make it three Reading-Leeds appearances in 10 years. All this follows 2010, when Blink-182 and Weezer played after fans demanded them in a festival questionnaire. Lilley puts it all down to pop-punk’s ability to make a crowd have fun, whatever else is happening in life.

“Although my musical palette has significantly expanded and includes a lot of new bands, pop-punk was the first genre of music I felt a real kinship towards. I’m just happy to see people letting go of any pretensions,” he says.

Pretensions maybe, but not their past.

Sam Little/Jimmy Holland/Rob Lynch (Bandstand show) – 27/05/2010 – Leeds


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I organised this live event at a bandstand in a park close to my house. I chose to explore this possibility because I was aware that 3 artists I loved greatly were all playing at a sold out festival in Leeds the next day, one of whom was playing as a result of a popular lobbying movement I had started some months prior. This was a light-hearted event of convenience but was in fact my first ever experience hosting musicians and I am glad to say that setting up this event brought me close to many people and gave me an early impression of many aspects of the essential mixed-media requirements I would later make use of.

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It is worth establishing that alongside the arrangement of live bands and HQ audio for DJ sets, venue hire, social media and physical promotions, the club night we ran was established and developed with a consistent set of evolving themes. These are best expressed looking back through the artwork we used, which from initial concept to revised designs several years later, retained the spirit of what Hello Bastards was all along.

The initial design idea came from a discussion about chosen themes, with an ambition to marry nostalgia with the rugged punk aesthetic of the underground music scene we were contributing to. We decided to contact an artist I admired from a popular DIY punk band, and his interpretation from our ideas provided the exact visual imprint we knew was important.

ME: Hey,
Hopefully you’ll remember me chatting to you at the Moving North extravaganza the other sunday. I was badly hungover but I still managed to ask you if you’d be up for designing the logo for the clubnight that me and my mate are starting at Santiago’s in Leeds. You just said to email you over some ideas, so I’ve attached 2 files that basically are exactly what’s in mind. You might remember that I said it’d be cool to get your style linked to the clubnight as we’re aiming to play a lot of UK punk and your stuff is used by a lot of these bands.So as for ideas we’re basically aiming to have that Pabst Blue Ribbon image re-drawn as is but instead of the cheerful middle-aged bowler having a cheerful typical drunk punk bowler and instead of the beer bottle having a beer can, maybe slightly crinkled or with a coozie or something but I don’t want to limit your creativity. Got to admit, I’m not very experienced in design briefs, haha. As for font, we’re both really into the Jailhouse Rock typeface, with the wonky lettering so you don’t really need to do anything with that, but if the design’s easy to do then feel free to position it all together into one complete piece. The name of the clubnight is very likely to be ‘Hello Bastards’. Any thoughts on the name?

All we’re really after is a logo that we can use month to month. The launch night (21st May… if you’re up north, maybe drop in) will have Little Ease from Bighton and Throwing Stuff playing so we’ll take the logo and add it onto a flyer that we’ll just do on photoshop pretty straightforward when we get the finer details sorted out.

That’s me done rambling. Just let us know what you think and about costs and stuff. Hopefully we’ll get something really cool out of this.

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ARTIST: Thanks for getting in touch, really like the idea. I think I should be able to do something like that, thanks for the input too, makes life a lot easier. As for costs etc, i usually do logo/identity for around £60, however as I actually really like the idea just make it a round £50.
You don’t pay for anything you don’t want, so if we can’t come to a final design you don’t have to pay anything and you only pay after I’ve finished for the hi res design, that sound ok?
i’ll aim to get started on this design this week if you’re happy with me to start.
Thanks again Reece
Speak to you soon
ME: Awesome that you’re into the idea.  I think it’ll work really well and set the tone for the night to be a success.  Sorry for the late reply; I currently don’t have a laptop so I’m on like a time-share with my girlfriend’s laptop.  That price is great. Again, I’m glad you like the idea; it’s very likely that we’ll be happy with the design but seeing it beforehand does sound ok.
Start the design this week by all means.  I’m not sure how long it takes to do something like this but I’ll be at your show with Unfun and Achtung Everybody etc at Santiago’s next friday (15th) so could give you the cash then?
Cheers for this. Really looking forward to seeing what you come up with. If you need to inquire abut anything related to the design then just email. Let me know what you think to everything covered above anyway, cheers.
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sounds good, i’ll get started as soon as i can, sometimes these things can take like a day or sometimes a week, depending on the hours im working in the day job, im only doing 3 days this week, but obviously have a couple of gigs too, but i know i have a free day on thursday so will really try n get stuck in then. cash is fine on friday, really looking forward to those shows too haven’t played with pudge in aaaages.
see you then friday, hopefully will have something done by then too
ME: awesome!
that all sounds good. hope the shows go well this week and yeah, friday looks like it’ll be amazing. i’m putting on astpai and one win choice tonight. currently stressing over the fact leagues apart’s van died at the weekend but hopefully they’ll get here!
see you friday! reece
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ARTIST: yo reece,

so heres the image ive got, pretty happy with it, tell me what you think, i cant find the jailhouse rock font anywhere, is that what its called? if you could send a link to the font that would be ace, and i can get this all finished up tell me what you think anyway, n i’ll see you tonight i guess!



1950s Pabst Blue Ribbon advertisement. Inspiration thematically & because the light American beer has been adopted by US punks in recent years.


Early font example following discussions about concept and importance of aesthetic impression.

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Original poster design. Using the devised/commissioned artwork from a friend in the scene, our club night had a visual personality. This helped us immeasurably, and our posters still remain up on the walls of our attendees several years later.

White poster design. Red stars added and bands displayed across background changed to better reflect our output, having humbly learnt a lot about how to operate as DJs by this point.


Minimal logo design. Aware of the explicit word in our name (taken from a 1995 genre classic album by New Jersey’s Lifetime) and also conscious of the need to remain compelling against competition, this became our secondary logo after a review of our marketing approach. It acted as our media thumbnail/avatar while our physical/online posters carried information.


Christmas design. A mix of themes allowed us to be creative with our core artwork. The strength of the classic design meant we found it easy to switch the ribbon for a festive reef & the baseball cap for a santa hat.

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As our club night acted as the afterparty to a heavy metal gig in Leeds we comprehensively revised the theme this time, presenting our ‘mascot’ with stereotypically metal added deliberately as amateur graffiti, and playing a heavier DJ set (all playlists were posted online for our fans to engage with).


Banner used across all social media channels for club night. Developed around 12 months after initially establishing ourselves, using a memorable live photo blurred in the background.