Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) are hosting an Off-the-Shelf event at the U-Mix Centre, Asline Road, at 7 p.m. on Friday 24th October. Local writers from across the city’s footballing divide come together to talk about and read from their work.
Howard Holmes from FURD said: “Football is a unifying language and all those who play and watch the game have stories to tell. We want to celebrate the things that bring football fans together from across the city. Why is football important in life? What are your first football memories: that first game your mum, dad or grandad took you to, your favourite matches, despairs, triumphs, real life stories, poems, a favourite piece of football writing: anything that people want to share really.”
Author Steven Kay said: “It’s great to be working with FURD. I’ll read from my novel about Rabbi Howell, the first Romani professional; but the exciting thing will be getting people from across the city and from the different communities sharing stories, poems, memories about this beautiful game that Sheffield brought to the world.
I can’t wait to see what happens on the night. I’m also looking forward to hearing fellow Blade, Matthew Bell, talk about Jimmy Revill a member of United’s FA cup winning side in 1915 who subsequently died in combat in the Great War.”
To balance out the Unitedites in the room, I’ll be there to read some of my work. This event is to show that whatever colour your kit, football has a unique way of bringing us together.
Share your stories of why football is important in life: first football memories, favourite matches, despairs, triumphs, real life stories, poems, a favourite piece of football writing: anything you like.
Tickets £2 on the door. (Free if you bring some writing to share. E-mail to Howard@furd.org)