Weisse Rose Fanzine Edition 20: Only Love Counts

17,029 words. 26 A4 pages. 11 Contributors. 4 weeks of planning and discussions. It’s finally here, edition 20 of our St. Pauli fanzine ‘Weisse Rose’.

We’ve got the story of the unluckiest St. Pauli fan, who has never seen the boys in brown win. We catch up with Nick Davidson, the author of the newly released ‘Pirates, Punks & Politics’ after a whirlwind couple of months saw him host book events in Leeds and London before heading to Hamburg for the latest leg promoting the first English language book about Sankt Pauli. And if you’ve not read it yet, we’ve got a review from “MacKozie” from the magnificent Der Übersteiger fanzine which tells you all about the book. We get the second installment of a St. Pauli Skinhead’s trip to Port Vale and beyond, we hear about a youngsters first visit to the Millerntor, and how one of our members went to Köln – via Glasgow, London St. Pancras, Brussels and Luxembourg. We laugh at HSV, and are introduced to the latest international fanclub on the scene – The FC St. Pauli Bretagne Fanclub. Rob tells us about the rather special hotel room at the Maritim Reichshof in Hamburg, and we look at how football is being used to help tackle homelessness – both in the UK and Germany. Not enough? Ok. We tell you about YSP FC and our work with refugees and asylum seekers from local charity PAFRAS, we introduce you to St. Pauli Bingo, we hear from Hull CITY fan Nick Quantrill on the fans opposition to a proposed name change by the club’s owner, and we tell you why promotion isn’t the dream for many St. Pauli fans.

Oh, and the best bit? It’s free and available to read and download right now on your computer using the below link. Enjoy!

Click here:     Weisse Rose – Edition 20

Match report: Scott scores as YSP FC shine again.

Yorkshire Sankt Pauli’s second fixture against ’59ers’ was a spectacular affair with goals being the order of the day. To say this match was a fluid game would be an understatement as the onion bag was rippling only seconds after kick off.

YSP adopted their usual five-aside formation. With no strictly assigned positions the formation allowed the entire team to play to their strengths and create what can only be described as ‘liquid football’. The pass and move nature of their play was arguably their greatest downfall within the early moments of the game but YSP were quick to establish a sturdy foothold within the match. Due to the ever tenacious attitude of the starting line-up YSP began to look like they were at one with the pitch.

Intricate passing moves saw shots fly and the 59ers keeper firmly rooted to the spot. Chris Webster replaced Carl after the early intense interchanges but quickly sustained a nasty injury which controversially led to (what would become) a significant goal for the 59ers. Carl was brought back on whilst Webster hobbled off clutching his infamous left-foot. The team kept their heads high and with passing from the likes of Fuzz and Scottopus YSP began to show flashes of magic.

Yet it was the second half which saw the moment of the game. With Scott and Fuzz teaming up around the opposition penalty area, Scott pulled the fucking trigger. Traction engine activated. The net bulged. YSP had done the unthinkable. Glossop, Webster and Artur looked on in disbelief as arguably the most beautiful goal of the game and season was scored by the team’s skipper. Pandemonium ensued.

In the wake of sheer brilliance, YSP began to sit-back and bask in the glory of their footballing prowess. Excellent organisation from the likes of Artur and Carl reaped great rewards as Webster, Fuzz and Glossop were putting their bodies on the line for the team. Blocking, defending, heading (below head height), tackling and intimidating. The team did whatever had to be done up until the referee blew that final whistle that the outfield players had been craving. YSP had done it. They had their heads held high and proud. They achieved what they set out to achieve. They made the YSP fan club proud.

Final Score: 19-1(0) to the 59ers

Team: Fuzz, Chris , Luke , Scott, Carl, Artur

Goalscorers: Scott

Report written by chief YSP FC football correspondent Chris Webster.

Match report: YSP FC 3 – 9 TTWNN

Yorkshire St. Pauli FC 3 – 9 The Team With No Name

Attendance: 1 

Flags: 4

Team: Arthur, Carl, Chris, Fuzz, Ian, Scott, Richard

Goalscorers: Scott (2), Richard

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Team from left to right: Carl, Richard, Fuzz, Ian, Arthur (below), Chris, Scott

Having played football for the past year and using it as a social initiative to welcome refugees and asylum seekers from the local area to play football for free, Yorkshire St. Pauli FC took the next step towards becoming Europapokalsieger by entering a 5-a-side Sunday league at Powerleague in Leeds City Centre.

The team was a mishmash of free transfers from the local area, but YSP FC had pulled off a major international coup by signing Polish-born Arthur to stand between the sticks. YSP FC were looking to continue the form that had seen them win 2 games during the Yorkshire St. Pauli ANTIRA tournament last month.

The opposition were nameless, and will now therefore be called The Team With No Name (TTWNN). Unlike YSP FC though, they actually resembled footballers. However, it’s not every week that they’ll face a team kitted out in brown and supported by an array of flags behind the home end. A penny for their thoughts…

The game itself was pretty one-sided, with TTWNN showing quality on the ball and dominating possession whilst YSP FC tried to soak up the pressure and play on the counter. TTWNN had raced into a 4-0 lead, with their pace and skill on the ball proving unstoppable. But as the game went on, YSP FC crept into the game and began to find their feet. Scott scored twice on the counter attack to bring YSP FC closer to the opponents on the score sheet, but truthfully the team lacking a name were too good going forward. The moment of the game though was a great effort from Ian, aka Peter Lorimer, who rolled back the years by playing a one-two before unleashing a shot from just outside the box which rattled the crossbar. Uncomfirmed reports suggest the goal is still rocking…

A good solo effort from Richard got YSP FC’s third goal of the game, before TTWNN scored with the last kick of the game. The 9-3 scoreline didn’t flatter The Team With No Name, but it was a positive good performance from YSP FC, and a couple of goals to celebrate too. But, just like St. Pauli, the football result was irrelevant.

Having fun, spreading the ethos of St. Pauli and being with friends – old and new – is what it’s all about.

Kämpa Showan! Solidarity from Yorkshire.

Scum on tour: Subbuteo Sankt Pauli!

Originally posted on FCSP Athens South End Scum:

Subbuteo Sankt Pauli

It was an ordinary (!?!) evening at the Jolly men’s room, getting rid of some consumed beer when I noticed a small sticker on the wall with a Subbuteo Skull figure and the text “Subbuteo Sankt Pauli” printed on. A Subbuteo “veteran” myself, directly locked the target – after the initial “what the fuck is this?” reaction and a little more time facing the wall, I decided that that the issue couldn’t be solved in there – next morning found me googling the issue and wasn’t long until I found what I was looking for ;-)

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Preview: Ingolstadt – The start of ‘Englische Woche’.

St. Pauli head into Saturday dinnertime’s home game with Ingolstadt knowing that a win would take them above Paderborn into 3rd place, after some favourable results on Friday evening. With Greuther Fürth held in Dresden and Union Berlin and Paderborn sharing the points in their encounter, St. Pauli have a great chance to position themselves in the playoff place ahead of a huge ‘English Week’ in the 2.Bundesliga.

After today’s match, St. Pauli will go to Paderborn on Tuesday night before returning to the Millerntor to face Fürth on Friday. 3 games in 7 days during a week classed as ‘Englische Woche’ by the Germans because of the typically English hectic fixture schedule. Both games next week will be shown live on UK TV by BT Sport, too. If St. Pauli can pick up 7 points in 6 days, it would be a fantastic week and would cement their place in the race for promotion. 

It all starts on Saturday at 12pm UK time, as Ingolstadt head to the Millerntor. Ingolstadt will be slightly disappointed with their league position of 13th, which is primarily down to their terrible home form. They’ve only picked up 10 points from 12 home games, the joint worst home record in the league alongside Bochum, but they’ve performed excellently away from home – picking up 5 wins and 5 draws from 13 away matches. They are actually unbeaten in their 9 previous away games though, a highly impressive run dating back to September when they were beaten 4-1 by FSV Frankfurt. Within that run they’ve picked up a point at both Union Berlin and Karlsruhe and wins at Cologne and Fürth. A stat to worry any Paulianer, particularly given the clubs relatively poor record at the Millerntor this season.

Roland Vrabec called for determination and patience from his team in the pre-match press conference.  St. Pauli have already lost 5 times at home this season, with teams opting to soak up the pressure and counter attack – a tactic which has worked far too effectively. “”For us it’s about finding a balance. First, we are determined to play attacking football, on the other hand, we must be patient and do ensure we do not make mistakes. We must not lose our nerve”. Ahead of Englische Woche and 3 games in 6 days, Vrabec insisted his team were only focused on winning against Ingolstadt, rather than thinking ahead to the other games against Paderborn and Fürth. 

Vrabec is likely to rotate his squad to cope with the demands of playing 3 games in a 6 day period, and said “Everyone has the chance to play, but everyone needs to be patient. The players know that the team is the most important. The competition and the density within the squad are fortunately very high. If we want to play a role in the coming weeks, a good sub’s bench is important.”

The main selection question will be if Vrabec opts to put Markus Thorandt back into the starting line-up after his suspension last week, replacing either Mohr or Gonther who were formidable in his absence against Dusseldorf. Also back from suspension are midfield duo Rzatkowski and Trybull (perhaps good names for a TV detective duo). Nehrig (stomach muscle injury) and Thy (suspended due to 5 yellow cards) will be missing from the squad, but Christopher Buchtmann returns to the squad after injury kept him out for English week.

So. The hectic English week begins. Let’s go.