Inspired by the concept of paper towns - a fictitious entry on a map used to help unmask copyright infringements - Fake Fans is a project exploring the tense football rivalry between two teams - Coulthard F.C. and Arundel Rovers - residing in the same fictional town of Wanhall. The intended outcome is an archive of work relating to a particular match in the ‘70s, documenting the feud. Drawing on satire and the tongue-in-cheek attitude of ‘70s lower-league English football, I hope to eventually produce a body of work that clearly narrates this fabricated part of Northern Premier League history.
Consisting of radio recordings, publications, newspaper clippings and general team-related ephemera, the project will build on the world of football rivalry and the idiosyncrasies of small town England. The work shown here is an initial design for the match day programme from the infamous derby of ’76.