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I Belong To Jesus: Football Celebrations Curated Into A Fitting Collection
What first appears to be something to browse quickly is actually filled with a striking amount of information, divvied up into messages of politics, religion, folklore, personal messages and more. In a match against SK Brann in March , Robbie Fowler, born in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, pulled up his kit to reveal the design, sending a message of solidarity with the workers. However, it also brought Fowler the eternal respect of the working class community he represented. The recovery, however, was marred in when unresolved problems from the previous operation meant that the Frenchman had to undergo a liver transplant. The following year, in a match against RCD Mallorca, Abidal completed his second recovery to rapturous applause from the Barca fans. It later came to light that one teammate, Dani Alves, had offered to donate part of his liver and sacrifice his own playing career to help Abidal. As well as the fact that Abidal had worn it, Alves liked it because it had two numbers; one for the amount of times that his friend had cancer, and one for the amount of times he beat it.
A celebration of typography and its presence in the football world, this latest book from Rick Banks in collaboration with Craig Oldham, champions the timely messages that have lived under the shirts of many stars. Still fairly fresh in the memory, it was the ruling of FIFA who banned players from taking ones shirt off mid-celebration. A clamp down on fears of flighty sponsors jetting off in outrage, it's meant that all those of generations gone by who dared to sport a 'why always me? Preserving the very best of them however, this book locks these iconic moments in a time capsule of football appreciation. Beautifully delivered and taking cues from Kaka's t-shirt he proudly unveiled after winning the Champions League, this is a book that has been designed to perfection from top to bottom. The layout symbolises the way in which a shirt would be lifted over a players head and comes packaged with limited edition t-shirt and wrapped in a delicious captains arm band. What's more, you can also purchase the font which the guys have re-created and so offers you the chance to create your very own Sunday League instalment of Kaka's famous number.
In , Fifa, the governing body of world football, passed a new rule that banned players from displaying messages of any kind on any part of their kit. With one line of legislation, the undershirt celebration was consigned to history. A new book, I Belong To Jesus , by Craig Oldham and Rick Banks has catalogued some of the most significant and controversial of the designs that conveyed messages of devotion, protest, antagonism or humour to supporters. It really went from there… sharing links, articles, Google-image links etc. That was ! Rick Banks: It took around two years to produce the book. We had to fit it around our commercial jobs.
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Photography: Michael Ainscough. For a world so marked by advertising slogans, technical jargon and the waffling of commentators, football is conspicuously devoid of personal engagement between players and fans. In , a tumultuous dispute between the Liverpool dockers and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company led to the sacking of a number of workers, who fought for two years to have their jobs reinstated garnering a wealth of press and media support in the process. Fowler, scoring first, revealed his during the match. Duly fined by FIFA, he won the lifelong respect of the local working class community even the Everton fans among them. As I Belong to Jesus shows, this practice was a rich, extensive tradition of self-expression; collected here in a publication that acts as palimpsest of collective, sometimes fractious, memories. For more information and ordering, visit the I Belong to Jesus website.