new frontiers (issue 7)

'Zine Scene

One of the longer running fanzines is Johnny Miller 96 Not Out. Dedicated to cricket it covers the county and test scene in some detail. I suppose it is really cricket's equivalent of When Saturday Comes. Professionally produced, a recent issue detailed its business plan for the next 12 months. Other articles covered the county scene and a couple of overseas contributors gave it a more global feel. It has managed to achieve something no soccer fanzine has achieved. A TCCB ban is in force banning it from every county ground in the country. Unfortunately, it has not prompted a flood of county based cricket fanzines in its wake.

Elsewhere, Brian and Not The View continue to give gripping accounts of the continuing fallout occurring at Nottingham Forest and Glasgow Celtic respectively.

I bumped into the editorial staff of Leyton Orientear recently. Still one of the best reads around, it has recently featured an interview with Frank Clark on his departure for Forest. In recent issues, their foreign correspondent has reported on the Mali Charity Shield and German soccer. However, the bulk of the fanzine is taken up with having a grumble at the fortunes of the club. It is strong on Orient news, looking at club accounts and back at former triumphs as well as match reports. Here at New Frontiers the debate rages as to whether we should have more or less City related stuff. Tell us which.

Incidentally various Orientears are usually to be found at a pub near the tube station before games and look forward to seeing visiting fans. Its on the opposite side of the tube line than the ground, but it has a fine selection of ale and is packed with footballing memorabilia from all over.

Exceedingly Good Pies is the new Rochdale fanzine. Its name, a reference to Rochdale's altered ground catering arrangements which has seen the demise of their famous pies. It has a nice, chatty style format making for a good read. Shaun Reid scores highly in their "away player of the season" award but takes a lot of stick for his shooting ability (or rather lack of it).

City got a good write up in City Gent, the Bradford City fanzine when they reviewed facilities for the away fan. The Family Stand got a good mention.

Recommended (50p unless stated, better add 30 pence postage):-

JOHNNY MILLER 96 NOT OUT (Cricket, General, ?1): 1 Wellington Crescent, Horfield, Bristol, Avon, BS7 8SZ
BRIAN (Nottingham Forest, 70p): 3 Crossman St, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 2HR
NOT THE VIEW (Celtic, 60p): PO Box 306, Glasgow, G21 2EA
LEYTON ORIENTEAR (70p): 55 Warren Rd, Chingford,London, E4 6QR
EXCEEDINGLY GOOD PIES (Rochdale, 50p): 8 Bentfield Crescent, Newhey, Rochdale, OL16 3RZ
CITY GENT (Bradford C, ?1): 46 Ainsty Road, Wetherby, LS22 7QS

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