Yorkshire folk tend to like reminiscing about the past. “Eeee, when a wa’ a lad!”. Since we don’t want to break this tradition, here’s a tale of how Yorkshire St. Pauli was born – two years ago today.
Two years ago today, Friday 13th May 2011, 6 strangers from Yorkshire met up together following an informal arrangement made on the St. Pauli UK forum. Rob, our founding member, had been trying to gauge the interest in Yorkshire for a couple of months, and eventually a date and time was set for the first ever organised meet-up. A Friday evening in the Witherspoons pub at Leeds train station was a bit different to the Jolly Roger, but we avoided the mass of people celebrating the weekend and sat down to discuss how we could start a fanclub.
We didn’t want much, a place for the small number of us to meet up and watch games – which we figured would probably be in the back room of a local pub on a tiny tv. We needed £30 to cover the cost of registering as an official fanclub, so we divided it by the six of us and paid £5 each as a membership fee. We figured we could probably drag a couple of friends along for the odd meet-up, so we may have more than just the six of us every time.
Since then, the group has expanded beyond our wildest expectations. We have found many other St. Pauli fans in Yorkshire who were shocked to find the fanclub, and we’ve also had the pleasure of introducing new people to the world of St. Pauli. We’ve met fans and fanclubs from around the world, we’ve welcomed some St. Pauli fans to Yorkshire, and we’ve had the support of many amazing people within the St. Pauli community who have helped us establish the fanclub and spread the word about the wonderful St. Pauli outpost in Yorkshire.
The six of us knew that St. Pauli was a magical community, but we didn’t realise just how magical it was. Thanks to all of our members and to those who have supported us.
MAGIC YORKSHIRE SANKT PAULI.
St. Pauli today revealed Christopher Nöthe as their third signing for the new signing – after confirming the transfers of Marc Rzatkowski (Bochum) and Marcel Halstenberg (Borussia Dortmund). Nöthe joins on a three year deal from Greuther Fürth, who will join St. Pauli in the second division next season having been relegated from the Bundesliga. Nöthe was a proven goalscorer in the 2.Bundesliga with Fürth, but he has rarely featured for the club following their promotion.
Nöthe is well known by sporting director Rachid Azzouzi, who was previously employed at Fürth. Azzouzi said that Nöthe will fit well with the character of St. Pauli and will be keen to prove himself after a difficult season in the Bundesliga.
The club also today extended the contracts of Bene Pliquett and Robin Himmelmann. St. Pauli fan Pliquett is a cult hero amongst fans, and he will now spend his tenth year at the club. Himmelmann is yet to make an appearance for the first team, and has mainly featured for the U23 side.
Just a reminder that our stream on the 28th April has had to be cancelled, as none of our organising members could actually attend the stream for various prior engagements. So our next streams will now be the 12th and 19th of May, both are Sunday’s. These are the two last games of the season so we hope to see everyone along for them!
Our Weisse Rose fanzine is back, with a new design! In Edition 14 we look at the past few weeks, and with the help of supporters clubs from Catalunya and Athens, we try and predict the future! (must be seen to be believed…)
We also talk about sexism, look at the recent trip to Dynamo Dresden, have articles from people regarding their recent trips to St. Pauli and look at the relationship between St. Pauli and Rayo Vallecano. If that’s not enough, we also show you our new scarves and t-shirts.
As always, the fanzine is free and available to download as .PDF file. You can either read it online, or download it to your computer. To open it in your browser, just click the link below. To download, right click the link and select “save link as” (firefox/chrome) or “save target as” (internet explorer).
Here you go…
Weisse Rose – Edition 14
YORKSHIRE IS BROWN & WHITE.
We have our Yorkshire St. Pauli badges back in stock! This includes a slightly altered design from the first badges, to make the ‘Yorkshire’ bigger on the image.
These are now available to buy, and all profits raised by the sale of the badges will be donated to support the St. Pauli 1910 Museum project. For information on the 1910-Museum please read here: http://yorkshirestpauli.com/2013/01/29/1910-museum/
Badges are £1 each, or 3 for £2.50, or 8 for £5.
HOW TO BUY
Our badges can be bought during our meetings at Wharf Chambers in Leeds.
In addition, you can buy these via paypal, as long as the you include the cost of the postage (£1 if you’re in the UK, £2 if you’re outside of the UK). Note – please ensure that you also pay this as a “gift” so that we do not incur fees for the payment. Send us your payment via paypal to our email, which is email@example.com.
If you have any questions, please email us or contact us on twitter @YorksStPauli