Part of the club: how casual spectators became football fanatics

In football’s early days matches were mostly watched by curious observers but, as crowds increased, “they won” became “we won”, and the fanatic was born.

Read the full story in When Saturday Comes issue 371 and on the WSC website.

Published by Paul Brown

Writes about football, history, true adventure. The Guardian, Four Four Two, When Saturday Comes, The Blizzard, Longreads, Deadspin, etc. Latest book: The Ruhleben Football Association. Twitter: @paulbrownUK