AT THE MATCH | When Saturday Comes


Cult football magazine When Saturday Comes has launched a Kickstarter campaign to publish what promises to be a must have football photobook for avid fans of the beautiful game.

AT THE MATCH, as it will be titled, will celebrate 20 years of WSC football photography, taken by it’s core team of snappers, Simon Gill, Colin McPherson and Paul Thompson.

Oxford v Sunderland.
Oxford Utd 1 Sunderland 1, 29/10/2019 – An improvised view of the match from outside the Kassam Stadium. © Simon Gill / WSC

The curated photobook will document match day experiences across the UK and Ireland, covering all levels of football from grassroots to the Premier League.

The photographs, as shown by those included in this article, will take in all aspects of the game; the fans’ joy and despair, the variety of stadiums, parks and pitches up and down the country, and the match day rituals of loyal supporters for whom football and the clubs they follow play a central role in their lives.

Huddersfield v Nottingham Forest, play offs.
Huddersfield Town 0 Nottingham Forest 1, 29/05/2022  – Smoke from Forest fans’ flares drifts around Wembley. © Paul Thompson / WSC
Glentoran F.C.
Glentoran 2 Cliftonville 1, 22/10/2016 – Supporters watch the Belfast city rivals at The Oval. © Colin McPherson / WSC

The funds raised will go towards producing a high quality, carefully curated, 240-page hardback book, which will be designed and edited by top sports photobook designer and publisher Doug Cheeseman

When Saturday Comes was first published in 1986, specialising in alternative football journalism and providing a voice for true fans. The WSC photo archive includes over 15,000 photographs showcasing football as it is experienced by those who participate in it, focussing on the connection between clubs and their supporters, something they feel makes their collection unrivalled and what will make this book so special – something WSC think is something well worth celebrating, and we agree.

About the photographers…

Simon Gill first watched Watford from the Vicarage Road terrace in 1984 when he was eight years old. Three years later, he found himself in the role of unofficial ballboy as Luther Blissett and John Barnes played tennis during Steve Sherwood’s testimonial day.

After gaining a degree in design photography he began a career in sports photography, working for an agency. In 2005 he joined the team at When Saturday Comes and has photographed football all over Europe.

He took the portrait for the jacket of In His Own Words, the autobiography of former Lincoln City, Watford, Aston Villa and England manager Graham Taylor.

Enfield Town 4 Lewes 1, 11/09/2020 – Two fans and a pooch enjoy the game at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium. © Simon Gill / WSC
Bedford Town F.C.
Bedford Town 5 Kidlington 1, 12/08/2023 – A well-earned ice bath after the match. © Simon Gill / WSC
Northampton versus Oxford
Northampton Town 1 Oxford Utd 0, 23/03/2013 – Clarence the Dragon watches the home side take a corner at Sixfields. © Simon Gill / WSC

Colin McPherson’s association with When Saturday Comes magazine dates back to the 1980s when he wrote for them about Scottish football in his capacity as co-editor of the notorious Meadowbank Thistle fanzine, AWOL

Once he reached adulthood, he discovered photography and over the last 30 years has work extensively for almost every Fleet Street newspaper, agencies and magazines. 

He is a member of two collectives, Document Scotland and SixBySix, and has covered matches over two decades for WSC, contributing to the publication’s archive of over 15,000 images.

Based in the Oblong of Dreams, Colin actively tries to avoid watching his boyhood favourites, Tranmere Rovers, preferring to spend Saturdays as assistant manager to the all-conquering AC Hoylake Galaxy Girls under-15s, when not on assignment for WSC.

Burscough F.C.
Burscough 3 Gillingham 2, 05/11/2005 – Home fans react with disbelief as a good chance goes a-begging. © Colin McPherson / WSC
Alloa Athletic 0 Aberdeen 3, 24/08/2010 – The Ochil Hills provide the backdrop for a Scottish League Cup tie. © Colin McPherson / WSC
Tranmere Ladies
Tranmere Rovers Ladies 5 Middlesbrough Ladies 0, 22/01/2006 – The players emerge from the dressing rooms at Poulton Victoria’s ground in Wallasey. © Colin McPherson / WSC
Newcastle v Watford
Newcastle Utd 2 Watford 1, 16/12/2006 – Fans make a dash to St James’ Park in time for kick-off. © Colin McPherson / WSC

Paul Thompson was introduced to football when his father took him to see Jack Charlton’s all-conquering 1970s Middlesbrough side.

After the Taylor Report, Paul decided to photograph the experience of watching football from the terraces. His first football work was a record of Middlesbrough’s relegation from the Premier League in 1992-93, as seen from the Holgate End at Ayresome Park.

He documented Boro’s last season at Ayresome Park in 1994-95, as a joint project with artist Tim Heatherington. He also interviewed and photographed more than 50 former Middlesbrough players between 1996 and 2002.

Sheffield United v Reading.
Sheffield Utd 1 Reading 1, 14/02/2006 – The ballboys remain ambivalent to the visiting fans’ celebrations. © Paul Thompson / WSC
Hull v Preston
Hull City 3 Preston North End 0, 10/11/2007 – A Hull fan takes an impromptu half-time nap at the KC Stadium. © Paul Thompson / WSC

If the Kickstarter is successful, WSC plans to print next year, ready for publication in May 2024.


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