Dec 24 2010

Fly Me to the Moon

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I am delighted to present a series of fantastic articles written by Ian Cusack back in 1999/2000 when he was an avid follower of Slovak Football and especially Artmedia Petrzalka.  The articles were published in the Middlesborough FC fanzine ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, one of the iconic football fanzines of it’s time. Readers with an interest in Slovak football should find these a fascinating read, enhanced by the time which has passed and the things which have, and have not, changed throughout the game in Slovakia since the articles were written.

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3 Responses to “Fly Me to the Moon”

  1.   Ian Cusackon 24 Dec 2010 at 6:03 pm

    When I dug these out and sent them to Dan I’d not properly read them in almost decade or in some instances even longer. I think they display naivety, enthusiasm and an appalling grasp of the Slovak language. I do stand by most of them, but hope that the passage of time hasn’t judged them or me too harshly.

    Vesele Vianoce

  2.   James Baxteron 25 Dec 2010 at 11:42 am

    Just shows, despite the relatively small circulations, what a treasure trove fanzines were/still are. Is FMTTM still going? It had a certain fame in the early fanzine days.

    I suppose a lot has changed in the fortunes of the three clubs featured in the article. Kmotrik building up, then stripping, Petrzalka so that they had no ground and hardly any decent players ; Slovan getting relegated, coming back, being bought by Kmotrik with all Petrzalka’s good players joining too ; Inter disappearing completely (I know it was officially a merger with Senica but it was actually a swallowing up) with seemingly only Jozef Barmos caring whether even the name survives. I’d say the only current hints of optimism in Bratislava football surround Petrzalka. At least there was enough spirit there to rebuild the club and plans for a new ground look advanced. Once Trencin are out of the way, I could see them getting promoted again. As for Slovan, we’re in the dark as to Kmotrik’s true intentions and, with no ground to call their own, they’re not in the best of states. Will be interesting to see what sort of team they start the spring with.

    On a (very) cautiously optimistic note, I like to think there’s less overt racism now than 10 years ago, including from fans of Slovan and the national team. The performances of players like Karim Guede have no doubt helped.

    But, sadly, people seem little less apathetic about the national side than back then, despite the relative successes of the current team.

    Fascinating article, definitely good to be reminded of how things were 10 or more years ago.

  3.   Iain and Ruth Yuleon 22 Sep 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Love the blog and the articles.
    Yes, FMTTM is still going and was recently voted the best fanzine outside the Premier League.

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